Cold and Flu Season Tips

Cold and Flu Season Tips

It is important for us to try and prevent as much sickness as possible. We have a few guidelines, as well as, some preventative tips to keep our community healthy.

Your student should stay home if the have any of the following:
Fever of 100.0 F or higher, vomiting or diarrhea. Also if your child has been diagnosed with strep throat or another bacterial infection they should stay home until the antibiotic has been given for 24 hours and the medical professional has given permission to return to school.  Your students should be fever free without the use of tylenol or ibuprofen for 24 hours before returning to school.

If your student has been vomiting or has diarrhea they may return when the vomiting or diarrhea has stopped for 24 hours.

People with the flu may be able to infect others from day one before getting sick to five to seven days after getting sick. This is why our flu policy is so important. If a student is taken to the doctor and diagnosed with the flu they should stay our of school 3 days after starting tamiflu or 5 days after diagnosed without taking tamiflu. Students should also be fever free for 24 hours without the use of tylenol or ibuprofen before returning to school. Some signs and symptoms of the flu are: fever, cough, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, chills, fatigue. Some people with the flu may not experience fever.

Some ways to prevent seasonal flu are: 
  • vaccinate each year
  • avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
  • wash your hands often (if soap and water are not available use an alcohol based hand rub)
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school. especially when someone is ill
  • get plenty of sleep
  • be physically active
  • manage your stress
  • drink plenty of fluids
Thank you for your time and helping us make this a healthy school year!

Kristie Jenkins

District Wellness Coordinator