Tips and Reminders for Being Healthy at School
- Potty Accidents: Kinder and first grades, if your student still has potty issues, please keep extra clothing in your child's backpack in case of an accident.
- Not Spreading Germs: Teach students it is important to cover all coughs and sneezes with elbows, rather than hands.
- Staying Healthy: Always wash hands after using the restroom and before eating, wash hands for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Limit close contact (kissing, sharing cups or utensils) with people who are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash.
- Sick Days: Diarrhea, fevers, and persistent coughs are all reasons to keep students home, if symptoms persist consider a doctor's visit. Undiagnosed persistent skin condition that may be contagious must be verified by your healthcare provider with written documentation before returning to school. Redness of one or both eyes with watering, itching, burning, discharge, light sensitivity, and/or puffiness of the eyelids must be verified by your healthcare provider with written documentation.
- Ready to Learn: Students should come to school rested and ready to learn. Children need lots of sleep and should go to bed between 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (considering age).
- Having Energy: Make certain students eat a healthy breakfast and bring a good, healthy snack for recess. Learning takes lots of energy!
- Returning After Illness: Students should be fever free for 24 hours with no medication, and have not had nauseau or vomiting more that 2 times in 24 hours before returning to school.
- Injuries: If a student needs a medical intervention (wheelchair, cast or crutches), please send a doctor's note with activity limiations to the health office before the student returns to school.
- Medications: DO NOT put ANY medicine in student's backpack or pockets. Medications should not be in the possession of a student at any time. If a student requires prescription or over the counter medicine at school, please contact the Health Office for a Medical Authorization form prior to taking your child to the doctor.
Students learn better when they are healthy! Please take students to regular doctor, eye exams, and dental visits.