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Important health info – new exam rules for 2018-19 school year & flu facts

on February 13, 2018

Plan ahead! Changes to mandated years for health exams and screening for next school year

Effective July 1, 2018 the mandated years for health exams and screening will change.

Health examinations will be required in grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11.

The district is sharing these changes now, to allow parents to schedule and obtain a health exam for the 2018-19 school year.

 

Important flu information for parents

  • Flu symptom checklist for parents

The main symptoms of influenza (flu) include fever and cough and/or sore throat. Some people also have a runny nose, body aches, headache, chills and feel tired. Some people also have diarrhea and vomiting.

The most important thing that you can do to keep flu from spreading in the community is to keep your children at home when they are sick.

  • Should I keep my child home from school?

– Has your child had a fever of 100 degrees or more in the past 24 hours?
– Does your child have a cough OR sore throat?
If you answered YES to both questions above, keep your child home – your child has an influenza-like illness.

  • Can my child return to school?

– Has your child had a fever of 100 degrees or more in the past 24 hours?
– Has your child had acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) in the past 24 hours?
If you answered NO to both questions above, your child can return to school.

If you answered YES to one of the questions above, your child CANNOT return to school. Keep your child home for at least another day to observe for additional symptoms. Then use the checklist questions again to decide whether you should continue to keep your child home.

  • How can I protect my child against the flu?

Keep your kids safe. Get their seasonal flu vaccines every year! According to the Centers for Disease Control, the first and most important thing you can do is to get a flu vaccine for yourself and your child. Talk to your doctor. Vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months and older.

Important!

– Teach children to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, or to cough into their sleeve, not their hand!
– Throw tissues in the trash after you use them.

For more flu information and a printable parent flyer, go to:
https://www.warwickvalleyschools.com/fighting-the-flu-with-facts/

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