Cold and Flu season:
Please do NOT send your child to school if he/she has or has had:
- A fever more than 99.5 degrees within the last 24 hours (must be fever free without fever-reducing medication)
- Vomiting or diarrhea within the last 24 hours
- Continuous coughing not relieved with cough medicine
As many of our students are getting colds and/or the flu during the school year, we would greatly appreciate your assistance in preventing the spread of illnesses at school. Please help us teach your children health habits to protect themselves as well as others. Here are some helpful guidelines to keep your child healthy:
- Plenty of rest and nutritious foods are needed.
- Do not eat or drink from the same utensil or container after someone else.
- Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
- When coughing or sneezing, cover the nose and mouth by coughing or sneezing into a tissue or bent elbow.
- Practice frequent hand washing with soap and water, or with hand sanitizer. This is the best way to prevent the spread of germs! Wash hands for at least 20 seconds.
Below are recommendations to help reduce the spread of flu in schools.
- The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each flu season. Be sure to have you child get the yearly flu vaccine. See Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine.
- The seasonal flu vaccine protects against three or four influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. The vaccine viruses are reviewed each year and changed as needed based on international surveillance and scientists’ estimations about which viruses will predominate during the upcoming season.
- Flu vaccines have a very good safety record. Over the years, hundreds of millions of Americans have received seasonal flu vaccines. The most common side effects following flu vaccinations are mild, such as soreness, redness, tenderness, or swelling where the shot was given.
- Students must be on an antibiotic for 24 hours and must be symptom-free before returning to school.
- If a student is found with active head lice, the parent/guardian of the student will be excluded from school until the head lice is treated.
- The student cannot return to school until he/she is nit-free.
- The parent/guardian is encouraged to begin treatment of the student immediately and to check all members of the family.
- Exposure letters will be mailed home to parents/guardians of students in that class or school.
Please see HCSD Board Policy 5141.33: CLICK HERE
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