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Lawrence County Schools is currently experiencing an increase in Communicable Diseases including the Flu

Lawrence County School Health Services

February 7, 2017

Dear Parents / Guardians,

We would like to inform you, that at this time Lawrence County Schools is experiencing an increase in illnesses that are affecting our students and school employees. We want to make you aware of the situation and ask that you please be diligent in observing your child for signs and symptoms of illness and appropriately seek treatment if indicated. Also please encourage the preventive measures listed below and adhere to the Communicable Diseases Return to School Guidelines included.

The most prevalent illnesses at this time are:

1.       Flu – influenza

  • Signs and symptoms -  fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, chills, fatigue, sometimes vomiting and diarrhea
  • Consult your doctor

2.       Strep throat –

  • Signs and symptoms – sore throat, decreased appetite, swollen lymph nodes in neck, stomach ache, headache, fever (not always present)
  •  Consult your doctor

3.       Stomach virus – gastroenteritis

  • Signs and symptoms – vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, fever (not always present)
  • Consult doctor if persistent

Please also protect your child and family from illness by promoting the following preventive measures at home and at school:

1.       Please keep your child at home when sick until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever or signs of a fever            (chills, feeling very warm, flushed appearance, or sweating) without the use of fever-reducing medicine; Or longer                when directed by your physician.

2.       Follow the Communicable Diseases Return to School Guidelines on the included on this page

3.       Avoid contact with other people that are sick, separate in a different room in the house

4.       Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

5.       Handwashing – wash hands with soap and water

6.       Cover your Cough with a tissue OR cough into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hand

 

Your child’s health is very important. We are actively striving to maintain a healthy school environment.  Thank you for your help. Please contact your School Nurse if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Thank you,

Sherry McWhorter, RN

School Nurse Coordinator

Lawrence County Schools

smcwhorter@lawrenceal.org

256-905-2529

 

LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOOL HEALTH SERVICES

Communicable Diseases

School Return Guidelines

 

 

Communicable Diseases:

Recommended guidelines for students with communicable diseases in order to return to school: Return to school determination is made on a case-by-case basis and may differ from these guidelines. These guidelines are not all inclusive.

 

School Return Requirements:

·         Students will remain out of school until they are no longer contagious.

·         This determination will be made by the School Nurse and/or the student’s physician.

·         The School Nurse has the authority to request a physician note for the student to return to school.

·         Students with a medical diagnosis of a communicable disease from their physician will follow the directions of their               physician and a written note from the student’s physician is required for the student to return to school.

·         Students with an illness not requiring a physician must follow the School Nurse’s recommendation for returning to                 school.

 

General Guidelines for School Return:

Return to school determination is made on a case-by-case basis and may differ from these guidelines. These guidelines are not all inclusive.

·         Fever free for the last 24 hours, without the aid of medication

·         No vomiting for the last 24 hours, resulting from a communicable disease

·         No diarrhea for the last 24 hours, resulting from a communicable disease

 

Absences due to communicable diseases:

Excused absences are made on a case-by-case basis and may differ from these guidelines. These guidelines are not all inclusive.

  • The day the student is sent home from school by the School Nurse is an excused check-out.
  • The School Nurse has the authority to excuse the following day if needed to accommodate a fever or other illnesses if indicated.
  • For additional consecutive absences to follow the student must bring a doctor note or parent note. 

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