FROM THE DESK OF THE SCHOOL NURSE
Now that Spring is finally here, remember that April showers brought May flowers. Many children and adults will experience some form of allergy or illness. Spring is a time when there is an increase in strep throat. Furthermore, viruses, the common cold, and the flu may still surface. As always, our goal is to prevent the spread of germs that cause illnesses. Here are a few very important reminders that will help cut down on the spread of germs.
- HANDWASHING: It is important to wash hands for 20 seconds which is how long it takes to sing happy birthday two times or the ABC’s once. Stress the importance of handwashing after going to the bathroom, after using a tissue, and before eating.
- TISSUE USE: Please reinforce how and why to use a tissue at home and in the classroom. Please teach your children “how to” blow their noses.
- REST: Encourage a good night’s sleep. Children 3 to 5 years old need approximately 12 hours of sleep each night.
- NUTRITION: Eat balanced meals including all the food groups. Include fruits and vegetables that contain vitamin C. And, drink plenty of fluids, especially water.
- CLOTHING: Soon it will be time to wear lighter clothing. However, remember the rain coats and hats when required. It is recommended that children wear tie shoes like sneakers. Sandals, and especially flip flops are dangerous to wear when running and playing outside.
- FEVER: Children should be fever free for a full 24 hours before returning to school.
- STREP THROAT: Children must be on antibiotics for a full 24 hours before returning to school.
- VOMITING AND DIARRHEA: If your child has either, please keep them home until free of symptoms for 24 hours.
If we follow these basic principles, especially the “ 24 hour” rule of not sending your child to school when ill, we can all have a happy and healthy spring!
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call your school nurse.