As you are all aware, we are in the midst of cold and flu season. Keeping your child safe and healthy is my number one priority. The health of a child affects their ability to learn. Children who are healthy have the ability to learn more than a child who is not feeling well.
To protect your child and prevent the spread of illness to other classmates, I want to review what to do when your child is ill, as well as highlight some ways to keep your child healthy.
When your child is ill
When your child is ill or you suspect your child may be catching an illness, the following are recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to determine if you should keep your child home from school:
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Temperature of 100 degrees or higher
- Continuous coughing or sneezing
- Unexplained and/or contagious rash
- Thick dark yellow or yellow-greenish drainage from the nose
- Yellowish drainage from the eye
Students with these symptoms should remain home until they are symptom-free for 24 hours.
We ask that you notify the health office if your child was diagnosed with a highly contagious or communicable disease immediately.
How to protect your child from illness
- Hand washing – Hand washing is the number one way to keep germs away. Use soap & water and rub all surfaces of hands for at least 20 seconds (think A, B, C Song). Dry hands thoroughly and use a paper towel to turn off faucet.
- Covering coughs/sneezes – We teach students to cough/sneeze in their elbows.
- Getting plenty of sleep every night – School age children should get 9-11 hrs of rest a night.
- Eating a well-balanced diet – Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats & fish.
- Exercising daily – Try for 60 minutes of physical exercise a day.
Thank you in advance for your time and cooperation. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Jami Vargo, RN, BSN, CSN
Streams Elementary School Nurse
412-833-1600 ext. 6005