‘Tis the Season
‘Tis the season for all manner of illnesses to be passed amongst family members, co‐workers, and within our schools. Help keep your family healthy this holiday season with the following reminders:
- WASH HANDS for at least 20 seconds‐ this is the best way to avoid illness.
- BATMAN SNEEZE. Cough into your elbow.
- DO NOT TOUCH YOUR EYES, NOSE AND MOUTH‐ this is how germs can enter your body.
- SHARING IS NOT CARING. Do not share cups or eating utensils.
- KEEP IT CLEAN. If someone at home is sick, clean common surfaces frequently.
- DOCTOR! DOCTOR! If you or your children are sick and experiencing any difficulty breathing, see you doctor right away.
- GIVE IT YOUR BEST SHOT. The CDC recommends an annual flu shot for anyone over the age of 6 months and a Tdap booster for everyone 11 to 64 years old.
Please keep your child home if he/she has any of the following:
- Fever Over 100‐‐ Children should be fever‐free for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medication) prior to returning to school.
- Vomiting or Diarrhea‐‐ If they happen more than once, your child should stay home. If this happens in the morning before school starts, consider keeping your child home a few hours to watch them.
- Skin Rashes‐‐ For any rash with a fever, the child should stay home until the fever is gone. It is also necessary to have any unexplained rash checked by the doctor to determine if the rash is contagious.
- Red Eyes with drainage or crusting ‐‐ It is necessary to have your child checked by a doctor to determine whether it is contagious.
- Head Lice, Scabies, or other parasites‐‐ Children need to stay home until they have been treated appropriately.
Please notify the school if your child is out with any contagious illness.