Cold vs. Flu
We now have a few confirmed reports of Influenza A within our district. Please watch for any of these symptoms, and keep your child home when needed. For students diagnosed with or suspected of having Influenza, they will typically be out of school for 5-7 days at a minimum. The students need to be fever free without fever reducing medications for 24 hours as well as having their coughs reduced to only occasional. When calling your child in ill, please be specific with their symptoms and diagnosis, this will help us track the illnesses going around.
Here is a simple chart from the CDC to help you understand the differences between a common cold and the Influenza virus.
As the cold and flu season progresses, please keep in mind the 24 Hour Rule. Any time your child has:
School policy is: Students need to be fever free and / or illness free (haven’t thrown up) for 24 hours or more before returning to school.
Students need to stay home for 24 hours after the medications eye drops or antibiotics were started.
WHY? When students and staff stay home when they are sick it helps prevent the spread of illness to other students, staff and the community.
REMEMBER: Washing hands when soiled with lathering and good friction for a least 20 seconds and properly covering coughs and sneezes is the #1 way to prevent the spread of illness!
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