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Reported by 204-enews@ipsd.org on 12/21/18

With the snow recently fallen on the ground and cold weather holidays approaching, many of us will be hosting, or traveling to, our families and friends across the state, and/or country. While it is a wonderful time for gathering together, it is also unfortunately a time when we can find ourselves becoming ill.

According to the CDC, influenza (flu) activity has started to be sporadic in Illinois, but as always it is important to be proactive in preventing influenza-like illnesses and/or viruses from spreading. Regular hand-washing using proper technique, particularly before and after activities (eating, bathroom use, coughing and sneezing, as examples), is one of the very best best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. I encourage you to consider this a teaching moment with your child. If you believe your child is sick (if your child has a deep/barking cough, sore throat and fever over 100 degrees and/or has vomited), please keep them home from school (24-hours after a fever and/or vomiting has subsided without the use of fever-reducing and/or anti-nausea medication).

Not only is winter cold and flu season, but it is also the season of an increased incidence of head lice. When lice are found on a child at school, the child’s parents/guardians are informed, and we ask that the child be picked up from school. Our District Policy requests proof of treatment (either receipt or box top from treatment method, or a physician’s statement) before a child’s return to school. In following Health Department recommendations, parents are not notified if there is a student with lice in the school/class nor do we do head checks. Please talk with your child about not sharing hats and coats. Wearing long hair up in braids or buns can also be good prevention this time of year.

Kindly remember to call the school's attendance line promptly in the morning and report your child’s absence, stating the reason for their absence. Sharing his/her symptoms early with the health office allows us to monitor patterns of illness. Feel free to call and speak with the school nurse if you have questions about your child’s specific illness in relation to school attendance.

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