We recognize that many parents are concerned about the outbreak of the Enterovirus, and have worked very closely with our school nurse, Lorie Macanka, to implement several precautionary steps toward keeping our community as safe as possible. Enteroviruses are common. However, any child with a respiratory problem such as asthma, or a compromised immune system is at greater risk for complications. The symptoms are the same as a common cold and may not exacerbate to a serious extent. A fever and difficulty breathing are the red flags. As always, any child with a fever of 100.5 or greater is not allowed to attend school until they are fever free for 24 hours. The same applies for vomiting. If a child vomits during the night, even if they feel better in the morning, they are to remain home until it has been 24 hours since the vomiting stopped. It’s best for a child with symptoms, such as a runny nose, sore throat or headache with even an elevated temp of 100, to remain home as their resistance is low and they are likely to be more at risk for other illnesses. Parents are advised to check with their children's pediatricians for any specific concerns they may have. All staff members are exercising extra caution with regard to hand washing, and the cleaning company is exercising even greater diligence with regard to the cleaning of surfaces. Below are some general guidelines families should continue to follow.
frequent hand washing for 20-30 seconds (young children can sing happy birthday to gauge their time)
keep hands away from face and mouth and refrain from rubbing eyes or put fingers in mouth
avoid close contact with anyone who is ill
any child who has an excessive runny nose, who cannot control discharge by simply use of a tissue, should remain at home until symptoms subside
remind the children to cover their cough and sneeze, preferably with the inside of their elbow and wash their hands
do not share water bottles, utensils or snacks with anyone, not even mom or dad (adults have more of an immunity due to exposure over the years)