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|Illness Update from the Heath Services Office
||January 22, 2018
Cold and flu season is upon us. According to the CDC we are in the peak of the flu season and still have about 8 weeks to go! Below we have listed a few of our school exclusion guidelines as well as some preventative tips. Please adhere to these guidelines and make note of the suggested habits. Let’s work together to keep our school community and our homes as healthy as possible.
WHEN TO STAY HOME
- Fever- 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, the student will be sent home and should remain home 24 hours fever free without fever reducing medications.
- Diarrhea- occurrence of more than one episode with additional symptoms like and upset tummy, not wanting to eat or feeling lethargic. The student can return to school after 24 hours symptom free.
- Vomiting- occurrence of more than one episode of vomiting that is associated with other symptoms. May return to school after 24 hours symptom free. Every attempt will be made to distinguish between regurgitating food and vomiting due to illness if this happens at school.
THINGS THAT YOU MAY TREAT TO MAKE THE SCHOOL DAY GO BETTER
- Runny Nose- Treating nasal congestion can make a student feel much better. It can alleviate sore throats, decrease sinus headaches and improve overall readiness to learn. If your child can take an over-the-counter medication try that, if not contact your doctor for other options.
- Coughing- Excessive coughing can contribute to the inability of the student to participate in class work and can be disruptive to other students. Consider giving an over-the-counter cough medication
- Communication- If your child is on the fence and you send them to school, contact your campus clinic and update them on your situation. Make sure we have a way to contact you should things go downhill and please have a way to have your child picked up if it is needed. The Health Services Department is not set up to maintain an ill child. We understand you may be at work, we are working parents too. If we call you and your child meets the criteria to go home, you will need to work this out with your employer.
Helpful Tips for Staying Healthy:
- Frequent hand washing is the BEST way to prevent and combat the spread of germs. Wash hands often with soap and water.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
- If your child has any signs and symptoms of illness, please keep them home.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue or use an inner elbow.
- Do not share drinks, food, or unwashed utensils.
- Get plenty of rest, eat healthy foods, and drink lots water and healthy drinks.
- Avoid people that are sick and stay home when you are sick.
- Disinfect surfaces that are prone to germs (remember those game controllers).
NOTE: It is NOT too late to get the flu vaccine!
Please inform the school of any contagious illness. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. Don’t forget to get a doctor note and turn it in within three days after an absence.
Director 653-1185 CIS/JSE Clinic 653-1185 LJH Clinic 653-1164 COHS Clinic 653-1135
We believe a healthy child is a better learner. With this in mind, our Health & Wellness staff provides a variety of services for students, including the development of individualized healthcare plans for school, administration of prescription medications with the proper documentation, or just help to make you feel better about sending your child to school when they might need a little TLC to get through the day. Please feel free to contact Nurse Moore or your child's campus clinic staff for more information.
COCISD Health & Wellness Department
Director Tammy Moore, R.N.
James Street Elementary/Coldspring Intermediate Clinic
Deanna Harper, Clinic Aide
Lincoln Junior High Clinic
Shoney Tenney, Clinic Aide
Coldspring-Oakhurst High School Clinic
Rachel Harrison, LVN