Letter to parents regarding the onset of flu season
Meriwether County Health Department and School Health Services are proud to be a part of the team that supports student success in our county. As your school nurse works with you this year, we need your assistance and cooperation in preparing for the possibility that your student might need to take a medication, become ill, become exposed to a disease, or have an injury during school hours. Current contact information is important for the schools to have on file. Flu season will be beginning soon and there are already reports of strep throat and gastrointestinal illnesses in many communities.
The main reasons for keeping your student home are that he or she is too sick to participate comfortably at school or might spread a contagious disease to other students. If your student has been diagnosed with a contagious disease, please contact the clinic so that other students’ parents and school staff may be alerted of the symptoms.
Primary reasons to keep your student home from school include the following conditions listed below.
Students should not be in school if they are experiencing the following:
• Fever greater than 100° F
• Diarrhea and vomiting
• Persistent coughing
• Sore throat with fever or severe sore throat without fever
• Persistent ear ache
• Head lice
• If complaints of stomach ache especially with movement or eating
You should call your doctor if your child is experiencing:
• Fever greater than 100.4 F
• Stiff neck
• Purplish rash
• Vomiting or diarrhea that does not improve
Your student may not return to school until they have been fever-free (<100ْ F) and symptom free for ONE FULL school day (i.e. if your child goes home sick at 11:00 am on Monday, your child cannot return to school until Wednesday morning). When there is doubt in your mind about sending your student to school, consult your doctor. Your school nurse or principal may ask for a “Release to Return to School” from your doctor.
Meriwether County School Nurses
Gay Todd, BSN, RN
Erin Kendrick, LPN
Kasey Calhoun, LPN
Stephanie Hinton, HA