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Flu Season – When to Keep Your Student Home From School

Y.A.L.E. School Cherry Hill NurseThe peak of the cold and flu season is upon us. To prevent widespread flu in the school, we recommend that your child stay home from school if experiencing flu or cold symptoms. To decide whether or not to send your child to school, please consider the following guidelines…

Keep your child at home for treatment and observation if he or she has any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever > 100 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Vomiting (even once)
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills
  • General malaise or feelings of discomfort or weakness
  • Muscle aches or pains
  • Frequent congested (wet) or croupy cough
  • Heavy nasal congestion with frequent nose blowing

To help prevent the flu and other colds, teach your children good hygiene habits:

  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover mouth and nose with a paper tissue when sneezing, then dispose of soiled tissue and wash hands immediately
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick

Colds are the most contagious during the first 48 hours. A child who has a fever should remain at home until “fever free” without the use of medications for a minimum of 24 hours. A child who has started medication needs to complete the medical regime before considered non-contagious and able to return to school.

Often when a child awakens with vague complaints (the way colds and flu begin), it is wise to observe your child at home for an hour or two before deciding whether or not to bring to school. Your child should be physically able to participate in all school activities upon return to school. Keeping a sick child at home will help minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom.

Thank you in advance for helping make this year at Y.A.L.E. School as healthy as possible.