To enhance learning by promoting the wellness and safety of students and staff by removing health related barriers. Health is at the heart of a healthy education.
Tis the season...to spread sickness
This is the season where illness ramps up. Already, we are seeing a large amount of Influenza, Strep Throat, RSV, and stomach viruses. These winter bugs are usually caught by being in close contact with someone who is sick. Stress can also make people, even children, more susceptible to catching something. Information on these common viruses can be found below.
Tips to staying healthy
Wash your hands with soap and water often.
Keep your hands off your face.
Avoid spending time around anyone who feels sick.
Cover your coughs and sneezes.
Wipe down high traffic, common surfaces with disinfectants.
Make sure all immunizations and vaccines are up to date.
Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
Get plenty of sleep, at least 8 hours a night, but more for younger children.
Eat well balanced meals
Find ways to de-stress and relax.
When should your student stay home?
Fever: Anything over 100 will get your child sent home, please keep them home if they are running a fever. They can return after being fever free for 24 hours without fever lowering mediciation.
Vomiting or Diarrhea: Students can return to school after 24 hours from last episode of sickness.
Severe Pain: If the pain is severe and affecting the student's normal behavior, please keep them home and call their doctor. Having that level of pain at school makes it impossible for a student to be successful.
Persistent coughing or trouble breathing: A really bad cough, or trouble breathing makes it hard to learn, not only for your student but on the whole class.
If you are on the fence on if your child should be at school, call the doctor for advice. You can always bring them in late if the doctor says they are good to come. Overall, we want all the children to be at school, but not at the expense of anyone's health.
Staying active in the winter is hard. The temperature drops, less daylight, snow and ice all pose obsticles to being active, especially if you don't have access to a gym. But, staying active is one of the best ways to improve your mental/ physical health and keep you on track to reach your goals. Ideally, we all need to be physically active for 30 minutes a day, most days of the week.
Ways to play all winter long:
Raking leaves/ shoveling snow
Go for a walk or run
Build a snowman
Play some hockey, on the ice is amazing, but street hockey is great too!
There are so many ways to be active and stay healthy. Just remember to watch the weather and dress accordingly. Take advantage of any nice time during the day. Even just going out to do some chores is a great way to get your 30 minutes a day in without adding anything extra to your schedule. If you can play with your child/children, even better. Making memories is so worth it!