Dear Parents/Guardians of Warrior Run School District:
Cold and flu season is upon us. As we move through the winter months, we would like to provide a few reminders about student illness and ways we can protect ourselves from illness.
Influenza, or “The Flu” is a contagious respiratory illness. It is spread by small droplets that are released by sneezing, coughing, talking and/or touching our faces after we touch a contaminated area (like a desk or doorknob). The following are symptoms of the flu:
- High fevers (typically 101 to 104)
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Body aches
- Feeling very tired or unwell
It is important that we, as a school community, protect ourselves from becoming ill or spreading illness to others. The most important thing we can do is wash our hands frequently, with soap and water, throughout the day. Also, avoid touching our faces is another way to prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses from one person to another. On average, we touch our faces hundreds of times a day so imagine how easy it is to spread illnesses to each other! If you have not received the flu shot, it is still not too late to get one. This can help prevent the flu from occurring or lessen the severity of the symptoms, should you come into contact with someone who has the flu.
As a reminder, students who are sent home with a fever should not return to school until they are fever free for 24 hours, without the use of fever reducing medication. These basic steps will help keep all of us healthy through the winter months!
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child’s school nurse.
Health Room Nurses
Additional Resources: For information on hygiene and lice, please click here.