Say Boo to the Flu!

Help your child and others stay healthy during the Flu season

by encouraging your child to:

  • Cover a cough and sneeze in the elbow

  • Wash your hands often

  • Exercise every day

  • Eat healthy food

  • Drink plenty of water

  • Get 10+ hours of sleep at night

  • Stay at home if you are sick with the Flu

  • Get the Flu vaccine every year

You can help stop the spread of the Flu by disinfecting “hot spots” with household cleaners. The top “hot spots” are: phone receivers, door knobs, faucets, light switches and tv remotes.

How can I tell if I have the flu or just a cold?

For more info on the flu click on the Public Health Fact Sheet

This Halloween please consider The Teal Pumpkin Project: Raising awareness of food allergies and promoting inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season. Check out more information: Here

Guidelines For Keeping Sick Children Home From School                 

Each day many parents are faced with a decision: should they keep their sick children at home or send them off to school? Often the way a child looks and acts can make the decision an obvious one. The following guidelines should be considered when making the decision:

Fever. The child should remain at home with a fever greater than 100°. The child can return to school after he/she has been fever free for 24 hours (without fever- reducing medicine such as Tylenol or Motrin).

Diarrhea/Vomiting.  A child with diarrhea and /or vomiting should stay at home and return to school only after being symptom-free for 24 hours, unless otherwise specified by the school nurse or licensed health care provider.

Conjunctivitis. Following a diagnosis of conjunctivitis, the child may return to school 24 hours after the first dose of prescribed medication.

Rashes. Common infectious diseases with rashes are most contagious in the early stages. A child with a suspicious rash should return to school only after a health care provider has made a diagnosis and authorized the child’s return to school.

Colds. Consider keeping your child at home if he/she is experiencing discomfort from cold symptoms, such as nasal congestion and cough. A continuous green discharge from the nose may be a sign of infection. Consider having the child seen by your healthcare provider.

A sick child cannot learn effectively and is unable to participate in classes in a meaningful way. Keeping a sick child home prevents the spread of illness in the school community and allows the child opportunity to rest and recover.

Mandated Screenings:

Primary School is conducting the State of Massachusetts required screenings for vision and hearing  during the week of October 22nd.  Your child does not need to prepare in any way for these screenings. The screenings will be performed by Mrs. Rowland, RN, Primary School Health Assistant, and a parent volunteer under the supervision of the school nurse.

Please make sure your child is wearing or has his/her prescribed glasses. Also, please let me know if your child is currently being treated for an ear infection.

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