Fall is here, and so are the allergies and colds that go with it! We have also had our first confirmed case of flu! Please encourage your kiddos to eat healthy meals and snacks, get plenty of rest, and plenty of active play. Handwashing is very important in preventing some of the illnesses we commonly see this time of year. Remind them to cover every cough and sneeze and wash hands often.
The first month back at school is challenging to everyone, and hard on our minds and bodies! Kids exhibit stomachaches most often, feel tired and irritable. Be sure to talk to your children about their experiences at school, and how they feel about it all to help alleviate some anxieties they might have about being in a new environment with lots of different personalities. Dealing with stress effectively is another great strategy for preventing illness!
Also, talk to them about recess! Recess is such a great time for them to socialize and run off steam! Remind them to drink extra water when it is hot outside, and be wary that the playground equipment is hot, as well. Encourage them to choose activities in the shade and to stay off the climbing structure if it is hot to the touch.
Please check your child's head every week for signs of lice, such as eggs (nits) very near the scalp, often behind the ears, and at the nape of the neck. The link below is full of good information about lice, and you can certainly call me or come by my office any time!
When your child is ill...
Mildly ill children may indeed come to school.
However, the child with fever of 100 degrees or higher, excessive diarrhea or vomiting, must stay home from school for 24 hours or until he/she is symptom-free without the use of fever-reducing medications. Please consult the student handbook for more details.
Children who have been diagnosed with a contagious illness such as strep or pinkeye must have been taking the antibiotics for 24 hours before they may return to the classroom. They are still considered to be contagious if they have fever and/or until they have been on antibiotics for 24 hours. If they have been on antibiotics for 24 hours or more and still have fever, please consult their doctor.
If you need your child to take medications at school, you may easily access the form on the China Spring ISD website, under departments and health. Please remember that children are never to transport medication of any kind to or from school.
Some of my favorite websites:
Planet D--A great place to learn about diabetes:
National Eating Disorders Association www.nationaleatingdisorders.org
Medline Plus Health Information from the National Library of Medicine www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus