1) Please if your child has vomiting, or diarrhea, it is essential that they remain home for 48 hours after the last episode. This is a new recommendation based on the current viruses circulating in our community. Rehydration and rest are important for children. Reminder: Children should be fever free for 24 hours prior to return to school and no fever reducing medicines for 24 hours prior to return to school. For the time being, children should remain home for 48 hours after the last episode of diarrhea or vomiting. Please let the nurse know if your child is being treated for strep or the flu, or any other contagious illness.
2) Lice is common for elementary school aged children. In the winter, we do not allow hat sharing. Please equip your child with their own winter gear, and if there are difficulties, with this, just let the nurse know. It is a good practice to check your child’s hair frequently for lice. Children with long hair should wear it tied back, or in braids. Please let the school nurse know if lice is found, and I am happy to help. Resource: www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/headlice.htm
3) It is not too late to get the FLU vaccine for your family. Discuss this with your doctor’s office. Flu vaccine reduces the severity of the virus if you were to get it, and ideally prevents it altogether!
4) Sanitizer is NOT effective for all viruses. Handwashing for 20 seconds with suds and a song can be fun and an excellent lifelong habit. It is super helpful to continue this simple habit and makes a huge difference to your child and our school community as a whole.
The 5-2-1-0 Program encourages five fruits and vegetables each day, two hours or less of screen time each day, one hour of physical activity each day and zero sugary drinks. Each day kids should be moving for 60 minutes at least!! In the northern latitudes, kids should be outside, getting the sunshine as much as they are able to in the winter, for Vitamin D and to strengthen bones!
THANK YOU for all that you do as parents and guardians to reinforce healthy habits!
Laura Detwiler, RN