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Flu Season Is Upon Us!!

posted Dec 9, 2015, 7:10 AM by Kathi Hurd

We would like to keep everyone healthy and fit for a fun preschool day. Sometimes that is hard to do if your little one is sick or if they are coming down with something, let it be a cold, a flu, or a stomach bug. The following Required Absence & Return to School Guidelines are in place at the preschool so that we can keep all those pesky bugs away from everyone else.

  • Fever of 100 degrees or more within the past 24 hours.  Your child should be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school. (If your child has a temperature of 100.1 at 2pm, he should stay home the next day, even if he doesn't have a temperature in the morning)

  • Vomiting/diarrhea within the past 24 hours with associated illness, (due to a stomach bug, fever, viral infection)

  • An upper respiratory illness with significant coughing or nasal discharge

  • Pain that requires narcotic medication

  • An oozing rash or skin condition not diagnosed by a physician

  • A communicable disease, for example:

    • Strep infection – Students must receive 24 hours of antibiotic therapy and be fever free for the preceding 24 hours before returning to school. (Little X started his antibiotic at 2pm after he came back from the doctor, he should not attend school the next day)

    • Impetigo - can come to school after 24 hours of local therapy.

    • Chicken Pox – Students must remain home seven days after the appearance of the last eruption.  All chicken pox must have crusted over before returning to school.

If you have a question or you are not sure what to do,  please call the school nurse at any time.  The direct phone number for the preschool nurse is 978-491-6620 or email svanderberg@gloucesterschools.com.


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