Dear Lawrence Public Schools families, 

 

We are writing today with important information regrading student and family health. 

As you know, this year's flu season coincides with concerns about the coronavirus, and Lawrence Public Schools is closely monitoring information from the Federal Centers for Disease Control and the State Department of Public Health. Both agencies currently classify the coronavirus risk to Massachusetts residents as low, while the flu remains a constant concern in all state's communities and schools at this time of year. 

 

Fortunately, we greatly reduce the likelihood of catching or spreading these and many viruses by reinforcing simple hygiene and healthcare practices, as well as following guidelines for when to stay home sick: 

  • Wash hands frequently; cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing; use and properly dispose of paper tissues; try not to touch eyes, nose, and mouth; avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • It's not too late to get the flu vaccine! Getting the flu vaccine lowers the risk of you or your child getting sick, and may make symptoms milder for someone who does get the flu. 
  • Keep your child home from school if they experience any of the following: fever of 100 degrees or higher (students should be fever-free without the aid of medication for 24 hours before returning); vomiting (even once); diarrhea; fatigue, weakness or achy muscles; congested or croupy cough.

 

Please visit Lawrence Public Schools website for more information on both the flu and coronavirus, as well as links to updates and resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Massachusetts DEpartment of Public Health. We will continue to closely monitor these public health concerns and share any relevant new information with our families. 

 

Thank you for your support in keeping our students healthy and safe, and please don't hesitate to contact your school's nurse's office with any questions or concerns. 

 

  - Cynthia Paris, Superintendent of Schools - Nancy Walsh, RN, BSN, NCSN, Nursing Master Educator
 
      The Flu: A Guide for Parents:                                                      La Infulenza: Una Guia Para Los Padres:   

   files/flu-guide-for-parents(1).pdf                                                        files/flu_guide_parents_sp(1).p

 

    https://www.cdc.gov/    https://www.mass.gov/influenza  https://www.mass.gov/guides/information-on-the-outbreak-of-2019-novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov