Health News-A message from the school nurse

Hello Parents/Caregivers,
Please be advised that if you feel your child has symptoms of a cold/flu, please KEEP them at home. I cannot emphasize this enough. If you send a child to school who is actively sick, you risk EVERYONE'S health. If a child has been diagnosed with the virus, or if you suspect based on several criteria that the child is sick, please do not send the child back to school until they have been symptom free for at least 24 hours. 
If the child has been diagnosed by a physician as having the flu, please remember the child will need a return to school letter before returning to school. Some indicators that can be used as a guide to determine if your child is sick are: fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, chills, general fatigue, and in more severe cases vomiting and/or diarrhea.
Also, it is important to note that everyone with the flu may not have a fever
Children with these symptoms should be monitored closely, and if they become more intense, the child should be seen by a physician immediately. Keep the children well hydrated and away from others in the home.
Please remember to wash your hands frequently and especially before and after contact with an infected person.  Hand washing has been proven to be very effective in lessening the spread of germs/disease.
Thank you for your continued efforts to maintain a safe and healthy environment.
Yours in good health,
Trina Hardaway MSN, RNc
PACE Academy School Nurse