Letter to BASD Families Regarding Cold/Flu Season
February 5, 2020
Dear parents and guardians,
With cold and flu season in full swing, it seems like a good time to remind everyone to keep kids home when they have symptoms of certain contagions.
In general, students should stay home from school when they have a fever, diarrhea or vomiting. To prevent widespread flu, we also recommend that children stay home from school when experiencing chills, muscle aches, and frequent or croupy coughing. Headaches, stomach aches, sore throats and runny noses can also merit a day of rest and observation.
To help prevent the spread of viruses, we ask for your help in teaching good hygiene habits. That starts with frequent hand washing. Children should also avoid close contact with people who they know to be sick, they should cover their mouth and nose when sneezing and coughing, and they should refrain from touching their eyes and biting their nails.
A child who has a fever should remain at home until fever free for 24 hours. A child on antibiotics should be taking medicine for 24 hours before returning to school. A child who has been vomiting should be able to hold down liquids and solids before returning to school. A student should be physically able to participate in all school activities upon return to school.
I should also say a thing or two about lice. Please understand that lice are common in elementary schools. During the winter months, the odds are good that someone has lice. We are sending letters home to alert immediate classmates when a student is carrying lice or nits, but generally speaking, we encourage everyone to be on the lookout for lice.
Finally, a word about this new coronavirus. It has a lot in common with the cold and flu. Like those viruses, it cannot be cured by medication, so it is best addressed through prevention. When in doubt, keep your child at home for observation. When in doubt, see your doctor. And keep covering those coughs and washing those hands!
Erich May, Ed.D.