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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.

When a student thinks one might have contracted Covid 19:

Covid 19 symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19. Please contact your provider.

Adapted from Cincinnati's Children's Hospital

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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