HEALTH ROOM NEWS SCHOOL HEALTH
During the school year we receive reports of cases of viral and bacterial illnesses in various homerooms throughout the school. Please remind your children about the importance of using good health habits. Viruses that cause the common cold, influenza, and other diseases can be spread by hand-to-hand contact, coughing and sneezing. We can prevent the spread of germs by using the following steps:
- Good hand washing -- remind your children to wash their hands with soap and water several times each day, especially before eating and after using the bathroom.
- Use of tissues to wipe their nose or cover a sneeze and proper disposal of used tissues.
- They should cover their mouth when they cough or sneeze, using the inside of the arm where you bend your elbow. This prevents germs getting on hands and spreading to others.
- Avoid using items belonging to others, such as pencils, crayons, etc., as well as coats, hats, or articles of clothing of others.
- Never share food, beverages, utensils, or other food containers with classmates.
Sometimes parents are unsure when a child should be kept home from school. Children should not be sent to school when they are not well enough to participate in class. Fever and vomiting should have subsided for at least 24 hours to prevent the spread of infection. Below is a list of some general guidelines to follow when deciding if your child should stay home.
· A child with a fever of 100 degrees or higher should stay home.
· If a child wakes up with a 99+ degree temperature, they may have trouble keeping up with normal activities or may become really sick before the day is finished.
· A child with a low-grade temperature (99+ degrees) combined with other symptoms and discomfort should stay home.
*The rule of thumb is fever free for 24 hours without medication. “Fever” is defined as 100 degrees or greater.
- Too much coughing
- Very congested and/or runny nose
- Unexplained rash
- Contagious disease/infection
- Contagious skin disorder
- Head lice
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea
Please alert the school staff if your child has been exposed to chicken pox, head lice, or other communicable diseases.
In addition to the list above, there are some things to do at home that may help to slow the spread of illness:
- Throw out your old toothbrush after an illness.
- Run your dishwasher on the hot water cycle when your family members have an illness.
- Use a disinfectant that is effective against viruses/germs on the kitchen and bathroom counter tops, faucets, and door handles. Also remember to clean shared toys.
These are some general guidelines for you to follow to help keep our school population healthy. Good hand washing and keeping children home from school when they are sick will help to reduce the number of illnesses spread from child to child.