Among all the challenges that students, parents and staff face with the beginning of a new school year; we have many students already suffering from illness. It is important to take steps to prevent illness in your children and have them remain at home when the spread of illness is likely.
Prevention is the best medicine to keep your child and family well. It is also the best practice to reduce the spread of illness throughout a classroom and the school. Please use the following guidelines to prevent illness and the spread of illness:
- Sneeze and cough into the elbow or tissue.
- Wash hands with soap for 20 seconds.
- Clean surfaces with disinfectant.
- Stay home when they are ill.
Please encourage your children to practice cough and cold etiquette often. Students and families are encouraged to wash their hands with soap and water for more thorough cleansing than sanitizer. Hand sanitizer use is recommended when soap and water are unavailable. Hand sanitizer that contains alcohol is advised for effective germ killing.
The flu season is very near and everyone is encouraged to get a flu shot. Vaccine is available from your doctors office, pharmacies and community flu clinics.
Public Health agencies and the news media are also reporting the probable spread of a virus that poses respiratory concern for young children; especially those with asthma. Please review the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Fact Sheet below for detailed information. If your child develops a cold and experiences breathing difficulty you are encouraged to contact your child’s physician immediately.
Please call me (978-249-2900) or stop by school if you have any questions.
Sheila Hall R.N.