Health Alert – Updated October 27

October 27, 2014 Health Update from USD 247 Nurse Susan Bole

Due to the approaching cold and flu season and other health concerns below are some tips for helping your children stay healthy.

While medical professionals are monitoring several viruses affecting children, one in particular is of concern.  A rare respiratory virus that is mainly affecting children with chronic issues such as asthma and cystic fibrosis is a danger to young children.

If you have a child with asthma or another respiratory issue and they start showing common cold symptoms please see a doctor immediately if they start having shortness of breath, difficulty breathing or a fever.  Other symptoms include skin rash, mouth blisters and muscle/body aches.

What parents can do to protect their children

  • Stay home when you are sick and keep sick children out of school. Do not send children to school if they have:
    • A fever of 100 degrees or higher and no other symptoms
    • A fever of 99.6 degrees or higher and complaining of other symptoms
    • Vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. Washing hands properly is the most important thing you can do to stay healthy.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact, such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils, with people who are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
  • Keep your children away from large crowds.

What the school district is doing to protect your children

  • USD 247 is enforcing its Wellness Policy. Any child who has a fever of 99.6 degrees will be sent home.
  • Custodial staff is cleaning high touch areas multiple times during the day to kill germs.
  • Buses are being sanitized daily.
  • Food Service staff is monitoring student use of hand sanitizers prior to meals.
  • Teaching staff is reviewing with students the importance of hand washing and covering your cough.
  • Teach staff is increasing the number of times students wash hands on a daily basis.
  • Office staff is being trained on what to look for beyond the normal cold and flu symptoms.
  • USD 247 Nurse Susan Bole is participating in weekly conferences on statewide health alerts.

If you have any questions please contact Nurse Bole at your child’s school.

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