Happy Friday to all!
No matter the time of year, there is always some illness impacting our community. The winter months are particularly difficult. This is the time of year that we see a number of illnesses from the common cold, strep, influenza, stomach bugs, respiratory illnesses, and more. This year isn't any different. I have seen a dramatic increase in sick visits over the past 2 weeks. Our winter illness season is in full swing.
Now would be a good time to review when students need to stay home from school when they are sick. Students must stay home with symptoms of a fever, nausea, and/or vomiting. Students are not return to school until they are symptom free for a full 24 hours (without the use of fever reducing medications, such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen, or any medication to alleviate nausea or diarrhea). Other symptoms to take into consideration, if your child has a respiratory illness that is causing an uncontrollable cough or unmanageable drainage from the nose or mouth your child should remain home. This is important in preventing the spread of illness.
I expect to see students at school with symptoms of the common cold. This is inevitable. School attendance is of utmost importance to your student's academic success. The above symptoms are to be used as a guide to whether your child is healthy enough for school. If you are having a difficult time deciding if your child should be in school, please feel free to contact me directly at the school at 247-6121, ext. 4005 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm happy to help.
Remember, frequent handwashing is extremely important. Handwashing is the single most important step in preventing infection. A link to When and How to Wash your Hands properly can be reviewed at this link. Also, please remind your student to keep their distance when sick or someone around them is sick. Avoid sharing eating utensils, foods, drinks, etc. We teach our children to be respectful, kind, and to share, but sharing germs is the exception.
Our school has been taking extra efforts to clean surfaces responsible for transmitting germs. Thank you for doing your part in making our school a healthier learning environment for all.
Jen Dorr, RN
School Nurse at MMS
207-247-6121 ext. 4005
MMS School Nurse: Jen Dorr, RN, BSN Phone: 247-6121 ext. 4005