February 10, 2020
Dear Parent or Guardian:
Cold and flu season is upon us and we have already had several students out of school with colds, the flu, viral stomach bug, and strep throat. To prevent widespread Flu/Strep throat in the school, we recommend that your child stay home from school if experiencing flu or cold symptoms. To decide whether or not to send your child to school, please consider the following guidelines.
Consider keeping your child at home for an extra day of rest and observation if he or she has any of the following symptoms:
• Very stuffy or runny nose and/or a cough
• Mild sore throat (no fever, no known exposure to strep)
• Mild stomachache
Definitely keep your child at home for treatment and observation if he or she has any of these symptoms:
• Fever (greater than 100 degrees by mouth. Your child may return to school only after his or her temperature has been consistently below 100 degrees, by mouth, for a minimum of 24 hours)
• Vomiting or Diarrhea (even once)
• Chills, general malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches
• Frequent congested (wet) or croupy cough
• Lots of nasal congestion with frequent blowing of nose
To help prevent the flu and other colds, teach your children good hygiene habits:
• Wash hands frequently
• Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth
• Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, use a paper tissue, throw it away and then wash hands
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Illnesses are usually the most contagious during the first 48 hours. A child who has a fever should remain at home until “fever free” for a minimum of 24 hours without medication. Children stay home for 24 hours after their last episode of vomiting or diarrhea.
Often when a child awakens with vague complaints (the way colds and flu begin), it is wise to observe your child at home for an hour or two before deciding whether or not to bring to school. Your child should be physically able to participate in all school activities upon return to school. Keeping a sick child at home will help minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom.
Thank you for helping to make this school year as healthy as possible.
The Cazenovia Central School District – School Nurses