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When cold weather hits...

When colder weather approaches, remember to dress your child in weather appropriate clothing. Hats, gloves or mittens, winter coats, snow pants and snow boots are a necessity for a child to be able to feel comfortable while outside for recess in the winter months. All students will go outside for recess unless the temperature is below zero.

During the cooler months, we see an increase in the number of students who are ill.  If your child is ill, please keep them home.

We are again providing the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) with the number of students absent and what symptoms the students are experiencing. When you notify the school that your child is ill, please provide some basic symptoms that they are experiencing. No personal or identifying information is given to the IDPH.

Reasons to keep your child home from school include:

  • Fever greater than 100 degrees.
  • Students need to be fever free without the use of Tylenol, Motrin, Advil, or other fever reducing medicines before returning to school.
  • Diarrhea or vomiting.
  • They may return to school 24 hours after the last episode if they have been able to keep a full meal down.
  • Rash of unknown origin.
  • Severe sore throat.

A minor sore throat without fever can be managed at school.

You may send your child with throat lozenges and a written permission slip. The health office does not carry throat lozenges.

Students with known strep may return to school after 24 hours of antibiotic therapy.

Not all illnesses will fit nicely into these categories. If your child appears ill to you, keep them home for their comfort and to avoid the spread of disease. As always, consult your health care provider with any questions or concerns you may have about your child’s health. Good hand washing and getting a flu vaccine are some of the best ways to avoid getting sick.

It isn’t too late for you or your child to receive an influenza vaccine.

When seen by your local Dr’s office or ER, please get a Dr. excuse when your student returns to school.

Fairfield Community School Nurses