Please remember to give the specific reason for your child's absence so the school nurse can identify particular illnesses that are spreading through the school.
Also, mandatory health forms for medication administration, allergy or asthma action plans and other health related documentation can be accessed through this site. I will try and keep you updated on all recent events and information that can impact health and wellness. Thank you!
As we head into the warmer weather, we have received many warnings about tick borne illnesses, and we know that ticks are active in the Arlington area. The nursing staff have asked us to share the following fact sheet with you.
We do have confirmed cases of Flu across the school district. We are working very hard to prevent the spread of illness in the schools, and we ask for your help by adhering to the following guidelines.
Please keep your children home from school if they exhibit the following symptoms:
*Fever (temperature of 100.4 or greater) *Cough or sore throat *Headache with low grade temp> 99.5: may be early onset of flu *Vomiting
Please note; if your child has any or all of these symptoms before school, please keep him or her home until they are symptom free for 24 hours. Please do not give them medication and send them to school.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, like CDC, recommends a three-pronged approach to influenza prevention and control:
· Vaccination – there is still time to get vaccinated. · Everyday prevention: hand washing, cough etiquette, and staying home when sick. · Treatment – antivirals like Tamiflu are most effective when started early after symptom onset.
Attached is a revised version of the “Flu Symptom Check List” that you may remember from the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. The purpose is to remind parents to keep children with flu-like illness at home until they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. We hope that you find it of use. The content is consistent with the 2013 document “The Flu: A Guide for Parents” which is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese
--------------------------- September 2014 Dear Hardy Families,
The school year is off to a great start, but I am starting to see both colds and stomach bugs already coming through the office. I am sure most are familiar with the Enterovirus D68 (EV-68) that is spreading across the country and making some school age children very ill. Students with underlying respiratory issues are particularly at risk. Today, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed a case of the virus in Massachusetts. While there have been no cases of the virus at the Hardy school, I feel that now is a good time to discuss some guidelines for keeping the entire school population healthy and safe.
In regards to preventing the spread of EV-68 the CDC recommends that people:
• Wash hands with soap and water often • Avoid contact with sick people • Be very careful to cover your coughs and sneezes • Clean and disinfect surfaces • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands • Stay home when you are sick
As a general rule, according to the health and wellness policy of the Arlington Public Schools, there are times when a student should remain at home for his/her own welfare as well as for the protection of other students and staff.
Your child should remain at home if he/she has:
• Uncontrollable and/or productive cough • Fever over 100.4 degrees within past 24 hours • Vomiting or diarrhea within past 24 hours • Sore throat and swollen glands • Undiagnosed, suspicious rash or skin eruptions • Earache, severe headache or drainage from eyes • Students should remain home for 24 hours after an acute illness or after starting antibiotics for a diagnosed infection
If you have any questions or individual concerns please feel free to contact me.