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Departmental News and Helpful Reminders

When a student is ill at school:
Any student who becomes ill during the school day must go through the Health Office to be released home. Parents will be called from the Health Office by both the student and the School Nurse. Texting or calling parents to leave the building without School Nurse permission will result in an unexcused absence.

Symptom check: Is it a cold or allergy?
Symptom Cold Allergy
Cough Usually Sometimes
General aches and pains Sometimes Never
Fatigue and weakness Sometimes Sometimes
Itchy eyes Rarely Usually
Sneezing Usually Usually
Sore throat Usually Rarely
Runny nose Usually Usually
Stuffy nose Usually Usually
Fever Sometimes Never
Is it the cold or the flu?:
Flu and cold season is here. Please take a few moments to read the following information regarding cold and flu symptoms and the prevention of these contagious illnesses. In general, common cold symptoms are milder than flu symptoms. The following chart compares the symptoms the cold and the flu.

 Symptoms  Cold  Flu
Fever Occasionally Usually high (102-104)with sudden    onset, lasts 3-4 days
Headache Occasionally Prominent
General ache and pains Slight Usual: often quite severe
Fatigue and     weakness Mild Extreme: can last 2-3 weeks 
Prostration Never Early and Prominent
Runny, stuffy nose Common Sometimes
Sneezing Usual  Sometimes
Sore throat Common Sometimes
Chest discomfort, cough Mild to moderate: Hacking cough Common: can become severe

Source: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Management of cold and flu symptoms includes high fluid intake and rest.
Students should be excluded from school if they have a fever (100 and over). Students may return to school after being fever free for 24 hours without Tylenol, Advil, or Motrin, and feeling well enough to engage in learning. Students should stay home from school if they are actively sneezing, or have a persistent runny nose and/or cough.
  Please contact your child’s health care provider if you have a concern about persistent fever and/or respiratory problems associated with the flu.
  Cold and flu germs are passed by airborne respiratory droplets and by hand contact. Please encourage frequent hand washing, especially after toileting, blowing or coughing, and before eating. Adequate hand washing should take about 20 seconds.
 We are encouraging students to wash their hands more often at school, and it may be necessary to provide tissues for your son and daughter to use. Remind students to cough or sneeze into a tissue or their upper sleeve, not into their hands, to prevent the airborne spread of germs.

 

Lisa Austin MSN, RN, NCSN
lisa_austin@needham.k12.ma.us
(781) 455-0800 ext. 22137

Livia Rizzo M.Ed, BSN, RN
livia_ rizzo@needham.k12.ma.us
(781) 455-0800 ext. 22139

Jacqueline Kiley MS, RN
jackie_kiley@needham.k12.ma.us
(781) 455-0800 ext. 22138

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