Illness – Influenza – Nurse’s Note to Parents

We are still seeing plenty of sickness throughout our school and community.  Most of your children’s classes have had a recent case of influenza.  Please follow our policy on when to keep children home from school.  Temperatures of 100.4 F and above will be sent home from school and should be kept home until fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications (i.e. Tylenol, Motrin). Students with diarrhea or vomiting will also be sent home and should be kept home until symptom-free for a full 24 hours.

Potentially worrisome symptoms that would warrant a doctor’s visit include (but not limited to):

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Persistent ear pain
  • Not drinking enough fluids (not going to bathroom as often as they normally do)
  • Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
  • Pink/ red eyes with thick drainage
  • High/ persistent fever
  • Fatigue and/ or loss of appetite
  • Persistent or worsening cough

Healthy habits that can help to prevent the spread germs and illness this season:

  • Frequent hand washing
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces
  • Coughing/ sneezing into a tissue, not your hands
  • Stay home when ill
  • Avoid sharing used personal items like drinks and utensils
  • Avoid touching your mouth and nose

Please use your best judgment and err on the side of caution in keeping students at home who have sore throats, cough, or upset stomach.  Thank you for helping us get our students well.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Peterson MSN RN

Wings Park

Kpeterson@oelwein.k12.ia.us