Please Keep Sick Students Home
Parents, the winter has greeted us with a lot of illnesses that our children have been dealing with. We have battled strep throat, flu, hand foot and mouth disease and numerous GI viruses. It is very easy to pass some of these on to other people/classmates, but there are a few things that people can do to help curb the spread.
- Teach your children at home about the ways to control the spread of germs: coughing or sneezing into their elbow, using a tissue, washing their hands, and not eating or drinking after others. We do this at school, but it needs reinforced at home.
- Do not send your child to school if they have had a fever in the last 24 hours. This is WITHOUT medication. Many times we have sick students come to school only to find out that, yes, they had a temperature this morning but mommy/daddy gave them Tylenol so now they are fine...wrong. We use medicine to bring down a fever but it does not get rid of whatever is infecting them. The child is still sick and potentially contagious.
- Do not send your child to school if they have vomited or had diarrhea in the last 12 hours. So many times students come to school after "being up all night" with vomiting or diarrhea. They can still shed the virus if it hasn't been at least 12 hours. Thus, they pass it along.
- If you are sure that your student is ill and they need to see a provider, please bring them to see our school-based health provider instead of sending them on the bus to infect other students. It only takes about 15-20 more minutes of your time if you bring them versus having to come get them after they have seen the provider.
- Make sure your student finishes ALL the medication they are prescribed. Just because they are feeling better does not mean that they no longer have the germ. If they do not finish their medicine, it will be that much harder to get rid of the next time.
It has been a rough first half to the school year, but I feel very fortunate that we have been able to keep absences down as much as we have. The important thing to remember, though, is that a sick student cannot learn well. If they are at school sick, they get very little out of the experience, pass their illness on to others who often pass it back to them. It is much better to keep your child home when they are sick so that they can rest and do their best when they return.