A Note from the Nurse: Winter 2018

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 9:46pm
Flu season is in full swing and we would like to be proactive to ensure that all of our students, staff, and parents at SES avoid the flu. A stomach virus has also been reported at many HCPSS schools. This is a reminder that good hand washing and covering sneezes and coughs with tissues and sleeves are essential steps to preventing the spread of "germs." Also, remember that despite concerns about school attendance, your children's health (and the health of other children) is most important of all. For this reason, we ask you to please:
  • Avoid touching contaminated surfaces or objects and then placing their hands in their mouth
  • Avoid direct contact with another person who is infected and showing symptoms
  • Avoid Eating or drinking contaminated food or water
  • The best way to prevent and control an infection is by frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water. Wash hands often, especially after using the bathroom, changing diapers, before eating or preparing food, and after having diarrhea or vomiting. Frequent cleaning of high contact surfaces in your environment (such as door knobs/handles, light switches, countertops, etc.) with a bleach solution or bleach-based disinfectant is also very important. Additionally, ill persons should not return to school until they have been without symptoms for at least 48 hours and symptom-free.
  • Call the school nurse to let us know if your child is absent with a contagious illness such as strep throat, or the flu etc. Please provide any documentation from your physician about diagnosis and release to return to school.
  • Keep your child home if he/she has a fever of over 100.0. If you give your child Motrin or Tylenol, this will bring your child’s temperature down, but he/she will still be contagious to others.
  • Children must be fever-free for 24 hours (without medication) before returning to school!
  • Have your children wash their hands properly after using the restrooms and prior to eating.
  • If the doctor prescribes medication for your child, please make sure he/she takes it as directed-which means the right amount at the right time and without missing doses.
In addition to colds and flu, winter is often a time when head lice (pediculosis) is seen. Please be aware of persistent head scratching and check your child's hair. Divide the hair into sections and look for lice or nits (hatched egg casings) attached to the hair shaft, pay special attention to areas around the ears and nape of the neck. Lice are about the size of a sesame seed and are grayish/brown. They will scatter when you expose them to light, so if you think you saw one, you probably did. Remember, head lice do not carry disease and are in no way a reflection of a person's hygiene or cleanliness. Please refer to the CDC website for more information on head lice www.cdc.gov/lice/


Thank you very much for helping keep all our students healthy!