The Scrubby Bear Program, which is designed to educate children about avoiding infectious disease is being carried out with our primary students by Mrs. Keefer, school nurse. Research shows that washing hands regularly stops the spread of germs and viruses that can cause illnesses such as colds and the flu.
It is most important to wash hands before eating, after using the bathroom and after playing. Washing hands helps to kill those nasty germs before they have a chance to infect a child. What do hands have to do with spreading colds and the flu? Spend a few minutes watching any child with a runny nose and you’ll know!
While colds are common during the winter months, they are not usually serious enough for children to miss school when they have one. Should your child wake up in the morning with a runny nose, and sore throat but no fever, you should consider sending him or her to school. If the symptoms get worse at school, our nurse will contact you. Fever, vomiting, diarrhea and persistent cough definitely require attention at home. Children should NOT return to school until they are without fever, vomiting or diarrhea for at least 24 hours. This is 24 hours without any medication such as Tylenol, ibuprofen or immodium.
Please remind your children to use proper hand washing, to cough into their sleeves, and to use tissues and throw them into the waste can. Please help your child to get at least 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night and to eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables every day.