February 7, 2018
Dear Parents and Guardians:
Illnesses such as influenza, strep, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and many others are being passed around this winter. Please help our students and staff to stay healthy by following a few basic health guidelines:
- If your child has a fever of 100 or greater, please keep them home.
- Once a child has been ill, they should be symptom free for at least 24 hours before returning to school. This is particularly important with vomiting and diarrhea.
- Please check your child closely every morning before school to look for any signs of illness. It is also a great time to make sure they eat a nutritious breakfast, brush their teeth and have clean clothes on before coming to school.
- Good personal hygiene is important for all family members to help reduce the spread of disease. Frequent hand washing is still the best way to prevent disease transmission.
- Brushing teeth twice a day is also a great way to help prevent many serious and chronic infections.
- Good nutrition helps prevent childhood obesity and is essential for children’s immune systems to stay healthy. Make sure their diets include all of the food groups every day. Make sure they are drinking plenty of water to stay well hydrated and are drinking enough milk to build strong bones and healthy teeth.
- If your child has a rash and you do not know what caused it, please take them to the doctor to be evaluated. Many serious illnesses may present with a rash and should be evaluated by a doctor.
- Remember, if your child has been ill, please do not send them to school unless they have been symptom free for 24 hours.
Let’s all work together to keep our students and schools healthy! Thank you for your support. If you have any questions, please call me at 217-895-2200.
Shari Lankow BSN, RN
Neoga District Nurse