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Going viral! Flu Season Almost Here Illness Policy at MSH

With the weather shifting back and forth, we have already had some illness going around school. When your child is ill and will not be coming to school, please call the school office in the morning between 8:00 am and 8:30 am to let us know that he or she will be absent.

There’s no convenient or happy time to have a sick child, but please keep your child at home if he or she is sick. Students with infectious illnesses must stay out of school until the contagious stage has passed, as advised by a medical doctor. For the sake of the other children’s health, it is vital that you let the office know your child’s diagnosis as soon as possible. Also, while hand sanitizer is a good option, there are many viruses from which it offers no protection. Please wash your hands frequently with soap and water and encourage your children to do the same as it is the best way to prevent illness.

Please keep your child home as long as there is a fever present, a sore throat, eye infection, continuous and colored nasal excretions, or persistent chest cough. We determine the need to send a child home by both the symptoms listed above and by their behavior. Children who fall asleep during the morning work cycle or who are unusually cranky or sad during the day (not their usual temperament) may be sent home. Students with symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, head lice, or an undiagnosed skin rash should remain at home also. Students will be sent home if any of the above symptoms appear while they are at school. They should remain at home for at least the next 24 hours, or until the period of contagion has passed, as advised by a medical doctor. A child must be fever free without fever-reducing medication for twenty-four hours before returning to school.

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