Prevent the Flu and COVID

Quick Reminders

Prevent the Flu and COVID
  • The COVID-19 Pandemic is over but is still an illness present in our community along with Colds and the Flu.  Refer to the graphics above to tell the difference. 

    The CDC is still recommending isolation for COVID-19. The CDC explains that people with COVID-19 may be able to infect others from 2 days before getting sick to up to 10 days after. Severely ill people or young children may be able to spread COVID-19 longer, especially if they still have symptoms. They recommend that you keep your child home from school for at least 5 days if they have a positive COVID=19 test. If the COVID-19 test is negative, they can return to school once the fever is gone for 24 hours. (The fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.) A fever is defined as 99.5°F  with a temporal thermometer and 100.4°F (37.8°C) or higher with an oral thermometer. Diarrhea and vomiting also apply to this 24-hour guideline. 

     

    In an attempt to control the spread of illness in our school, we are asking that you keep your children home if you suspect they have any illness and seek medical attention, especially if there have been diagnosed cases in your homes or contact in the community.  Please indicate the reason for absence and if positive diagnosis for COVID-19 when calling-out on the attendance line so we are able to track illnesses. As always, if you have questions or concerns please contact Nurse Becky at 610-469-1403 or rkilfoy@ojrsd.net

     

    Thank you for your diligence and understanding.

     

    Also, review our sick day guidelines. We do ask that you follow these guidelines. I will be calling you to follow up when you call your child out sick and if we have any suspicion that your child was sent to school while actively ill. I am available via phone and email if you would like to discuss if your child should come to school. Remember, your child is limited to only 10 days of absence in a school year.  That includes extended illness as well as vacations/trips and medical appointments. After 10 days of absence, you may be required to provide a doctor's note for any additional absences. I am happy to offer education to both you and your child about illness and what we can do to make ourselves feel better while in school. If they are excluded for suspicion/testing for COVID-19 or a quarantine, those days are counted separately from the 10 days. 

     

    Stay healthy and WASH YOUR HANDS!!!!