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Illness Policy & Fight the Flu
Illness Policy & Fight the Flu
L.Meador
Thursday, February 27, 2020

COMMUNITY R-VI ILLNESS POLICY


Student Injury or Illness: A student who is too ill to remain in class or who has been injured will be sent to school nurse. If it is necessary for the student to go home, the school nurse will contact a parent or person from the emergency contact list. If your child shows signs/symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting or a fever of 99.4f, consider him/her contagious. Please keep the child out of school for 24 hours after she/he is symptom free without the use of medications. 

This means your child may return to school when 

* they are fever free without the use of fever reducing medication ( like Tylenol, Ibuprofen) for a 24hour period 

*they have no episodes of vomiting or diarrhea without the use of medications for a 24 hour period 

If your child returns the next day and have any of the above illness issues you will be called to take them home. 

Keeping your child at home for a minimum of 24 hours helps prevent your child picking up other germs and cuts down on the spread of illnesses being transferred. This will help keep the school a healthier learning environment.


FIGHT THE FLU 

The CDC recommends the following three actions to fight flu.

1. The first and most important step is to get a flu vaccination each year. 

2. If you get sick with flu, take prescription antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them. Early treatment is especially important for the elderly, the very young, people with certain chronic health conditions, and pregnant women. 

3. Take everyday preventive actions that may slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory (nose, throat, and lungs) illnesses, like flu. This flyer contains information about everyday preventive actions. 

How does flu spread? 

Flu viruses are thought to spread mainly from person to person through droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze, or talk. Less often, a person might get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching his or her own mouth, nose, or possibly eyes. Many other viruses spread these ways too. People infected with flu may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick. That means you may be able to spread flu to someone else before you know you are sick as well as while you are sick. Young children, those who are severely ill, and those who have severely weakened immune systems may be able to infect others for longer than 5-7 days.  

What are everyday preventive actions? 

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people. 
  • If you or your child gets sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you (or your child) stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. The fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine. 
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them. 
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. After using a tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way. 
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs that can cause respiratory illnesses like flu.