Maintaining Student Health
1. Stay home when sick.
Students should be kept at home for at least 24 hours after they are free of fever (a fever involves body temperature of 100° F [37.8° C] or higher), or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicines (e.g., ibuprofen, acetaminophen, etc.). Children should stay home even if they are using antiviral drugs. If your child is vomiting due to fever, flu virus or other flu-like illness you should keep your child home from school for at least 24 hours and until illness subsides. Then contact the school nurse for further directions regarding your child's attendance at school.
2. Practice hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
Encourage your child to practice routine hand washing throughout the day in order to reduce the spread of flu-like viruses and other germs. Hand hygiene includes traditional hand washing (with soap and water, lathering for a minimum of 20 seconds) or the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers (60% alcohol or greater) when soap and water are not available and hands are not visibly dirty. Also, encourage your child to cover their mouth when they cough or sneeze to reduce the spreading of germs.
3. Stay informed about current medical concerns.
The New York Statewide School Health Services Center has given this information to schools:
Students should stay home with the flu if they have the following symtoms:
- fever of 100° F or greater
- runny nose
- sore throat
Students should return to school after they have been fever free (without fever reducing medications) for at least 24 hours.
To help prevent the spread of H1N1 Influenza:
- wash hands often with soap and water
- use alcohol based hand sanitizers to clean hands if soap and water are not available
- cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and throw tissue in the trash after use