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Season of Illnesses - keeping students healthy

Illnesses are once again in full swing here in the Louisburg School District.  There have been a few reports of confirmed cases of Fifth Disease and flu, along with upper respiratory illnesses, mononucleosis, stomach issues, as well as more nebulous symptoms without a fever of nausea & vomiting, lethargy and generally “not feeling well.”

 

Fifth’s Disease and the flu are viruses, and as such have limited options regarding treatment.  In most cases, addressing the symptoms, along with rest and fluids, is the extent of treatment.  For Fifth’s Disease, once the symptoms are seen, the contagious period is usually over.  As a reminder, please keep your child home if s/he is not feeling well; this will help prevent the spread of illness & help keep students and staff safe and healthy.

 

Please remember that in order to return to school, school policy requires that your child must be free of fever, vomiting, and diarrhea for 24 hours without the aid of medication. A list of district guidelines can be found here: http://www.usd416.org/vimages/shared/vnews/stories/57040de8c3ab3/SCHOOL%20HEALTH%20GUIDELINES.doc.pdf

 

Please remind your children to wash hands frequently – keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. *

 

Also, by informing the school nurse of any illness in your household, we can more closely monitor classrooms to combat the spread, and/or keep other parents informed if similar symptoms are noted.

 

If you have any questions or are not sure whether to send your child to school, please feel free to contact the school nurse.

 

Thank you for your cooperation.

 

https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/show-me-the-science.html

 

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