Important Reminder - Cold and Flu Season
Dear Parents / Guardians,
IMPORTANT REMINDER! The cold and flu season is upon us. In an effort to minimize the rapid spread of viruses among children in the school environment, we ask you to take continued precautions regarding sending your child to school if he/she is complaining of feeling ill. Keeping the school informed of the nature of your child’s illness enables us to work with the medical community in caring for your child.
School health personnel suggest that you keep your child at home for a sore throat, nausea, diarrhea, chills, skin rash, inflamed eyes, earache, pallor, headache, and fever. Keep your child home from school at least 24 hours after their fever is gone. (The fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.) Generally speaking, anyone in an immune-suppressed condition is placed at a higher risk of becoming ill when exposed to certain contagious diseases.
Taking the following steps can help prevent getting the flu and other viral illnesses. 1) Handwashing is the best way to prevent the spread of germs; 2) Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze; 3) Get the Flu vaccine; 4) Limit contact with others if you are sick, and 5) Clean surfaces touched by a person who is sick with a household disinfectant like Lysol or Clorox products.
I am attaching The Flu: A guide for Parents and an Information Guide on the Novel Coronavirus. Thank you for your assistance in helping us maintain a healthy school environment.
Mary Ellen Reed
(Nurse Coordinator) MBA, RN, BSN, NCSN
The Flu: A Guide for Parents
Guide Information on the Outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) - updated as of February 3, 2020 MA Department of Public Health