Drawing of sick child underneath blanket and ice pack
Drawing of sick child underneath blanket and ice packA child with flu-like illness (fever, cough, runny nose, etc.) must stay home from school until he/she has been fever free without the use of fever-reducing medicine for at least 24 hours.
A fever is defined as a temperature of 1000F or higher. If symptoms occur while at school, the student must be picked up as soon as possible to go home. Contact a medical provider with severe symptoms or if the ill person is pregnant or has a chronic medical condition that could make them vulnerable to Enterovirus D68 complications. A child with heavy cold symptoms, such as deep or uncontrollable coughing or significant lack of energy, belongs at home even without a fever. 
 
With so much in the media the last few days about a respiratory virus known as Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68). which has been impacting children in numerous states, we wanted to share some information about this virus with you along with reminders about illness prevention. The attached guidance sheet give you the key information about EV-D68 and what to watch for in your child(ren). Deciding when to keep a sick child at home from school is not always easy. It;s important for children to attend school and for some parents staying home means missing work. But when a child is truly sick, they need to stay home in the care of an adult to get well and to prevent spreading illness to others.
 
We encourage all families to follow these tips to prevent the spread of germs, as we move into the flu season:
  • Get the flu vaccine, if you are able to do so
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the the trash after you use it.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for a at least 24 hours after your fever is home without the use of fever-reducing medicine. 
 
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