Preventing Illness Parent Letter

As we move toward cold and flu season, I felt like it would be a good time to remind everyone of illness guidelines as specified in our student handbook.

When your child is ill, please contact the school to let us know he or she won’t be attending that day. It is important to remember that schools are required to exclude students with certain illnesses from school for periods of time as identified in state rules. For example, if your child has a fever over 100 degrees, he or she must stay out of school until fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications. In addition, students with diarrheal illnesses must stay home until they are diarrhea free without diarrhea-suppressing medications for at least 24 hours.

If a student becomes ill during the school day, he or she must receive permission from the teacher before reporting to the school nurse. If the nurse determines that the child should go home, the nurse will contact the parent.

Contact the school nurse or Mr. Evans if you have questions or if you are concerned about whether or not your child should stay home.
I have instructed our custodial staff to provide extra sanitizing cleaning in rooms that have had ill students or teachers in them, as well as common areas such as bathrooms and water fountains.

As you well know, besides keeping sick children at home, one of the best ways to prevent illnesses is proper and frequent hand washing. Please encourage your students to wash their hands properly and effectively.
Other good habits, such as getting plenty of sleep, engaging in physical activity, managing stress, drinking water and eating good food, will help your student stay healthy all year.

Please feel free to contact the office at 903.389.2828 if you have any questions.


Mr. Evans