Flu Season is upon us! The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) define the symptoms of flu as follows.
Flu symptoms can include:
- sore throat
- runny or stuffy nose
- body aches
- feeling tired
- sometimes vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children than adults).
- some people with the flu will not have a fever
The CDC explains that people with flu may be able to infect others from 1 day before getting sick to up to 5 to 7 days after. Severely ill people or young children may be able to spread the flu longer, especially if they still have symptoms. They recommend that you keep your child home from school for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone. (The fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.) A fever is defined as 100°F (37.8°C) or higher. Diarrhea and vomiting also apply to this 24 hour guideline. Retreived from : https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm
In an attempt to control the spread of illness in our school, we are asking that you keep your children home if you suspect the flu and seek medical attention, especially if there have been diagnosed cases in your homes. Please indicate the reason for absence and if positive diagnosis for flu 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 email@example.com
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 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 limites 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.
Stay healthy and WASH YOUR HANDS!!!!