This time of year it is critical to pay attention to the health of your family and recognize when one of you may be feeling rundown or, worse, sick. We all need to take extra care to keep our students, families, faculty, and staff healthy.
To help your family stay healthy, drink lots of water and maintain a diet full of fruits, vegetables, and other foods high in antioxidants and vitamins. Get plenty of rest - set an early bed time, turn off Netflix and mobile devices, and get quality sleep to promote a healthy immune system! If you haven't already, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend getting a flu shot. It's not too late in the flu season for it to be effective. Finally, wash your hands frequently with soap and water to prevent the spread of germs.
Despite our best efforts, it's not always possible to protect against illness. The school nurse recommends keeping your student at home if your student has any of the following:
- Irritability, tiredness, aches, or has a poor appetite or sore throat. Changes in his or her normal behavior can often signal the beginning of an illness. Take a temperature if he or she is complaining of feeling tired or has a headache, sore throat, or stomach ache.
- Fever of 100 degrees or higher. Your student should be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication before returning to school.
- Nausea, vomiting, or has diarrhea. Your student should go 24 hours without vomiting or diarrhea before returning to school. Be sure he or she is able to tolerate food without difficulty before returning.
- Nasal secretions and coughing/sneezing spread respiratory infections easily when these symptoms can't be controlled. If your student's runny nose, coughing, or sneezing is excessive, you will want to keep them home until the risk of spreading infection has subsided.
The school encourages you to keep sick students home so that they can get better and we can minimize the spread of illness in the school.
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