WHEN TO KEEP A CHILD HOME WITH ILLNESS DURING COLD AND FLU SEASON
Sometimes it can be difficult for a parent to decide whether to send children to school when they wake up with symptoms of an illness or complaints that they do not feel well. Here are some guidelines on keeping your child home for a day to rest or to arrange for an appointment with your healthcare provider.
The following are a few situations that warrant keeping your child home from school and possibly calling your healthcare provider:
Persistent fever greater than 100.4° orally, including a fever that requires control with medication such as Tylenol
Child is too sleepy or ill from an illness, like vomiting and/or diarrhea
Cough that makes a child feel uncomfortable or disrupts the class
Sore throat that is severe along with fever and feeling ill for more than 48 hours, OR after known exposure to a confirmed case of Strep throat infection
Large amount of discolored nasal discharge, especially if accompanied by facial pain or headache
Severe ear pain or drainage from the ear
Severe headache, especially if accompanied by fever
Any condition that you think may be serious or contagious to others.
Viral Illness increase in RI : http://www.ri.gov/press/view/29345
Flu information from DOH: http://www.health.ri.gov/flu/
Remind your children to discard used tissues promptly, not to share personal items, to cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze, to keep their hands away from their face, and to wash hands thoroughly and often with soap and warm water.
Finally, if you know your child is still running a fever, it is not a good idea simply to give them Tylenol and send them into school because as soon as the medicine wears off, you are apt to get a call from the school nurse to leave work and come to pick up your feverish child. It is better to let them stay home in bed with a fever and take their medications at home until they are off all medicines and ready to learn for a full day in a classroom. Remember, whenever you keep your child home from school, please call the school before the start of the school day and leave a message for Mrs. Lussier that your child will be absent. Any questions or concerns feel free to contact me through my email email@example.com or by calling the school at 333-5724.
Danielle Jacinto, RN
Lunch Menu Changes
Quick reminder that our menus are effected by snow days. Our plan due to logistics to use the schedule menus as follows:
Monday: Previous Scheduled Thursday 1/4
Tuesday: Previous Scheduled Monday 1/8
Wednesday: Menu as Scheduled 1/10
Owning Our Story: About the Overdose Epidemic
Please help us promote and join us at the upcoming free performance of Owning Our Story: About the Overdose Epidemic taking place on Monday, January 15, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at The Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence.
The mission of Owning Our Story is to educate Rhode Islanders about addiction as a chronic disease, create healing around loss from overdose, rally around recovery, and shed light on the stigma, pain, and shame of the disease.
-Dr. Josiah “Jody” Rich, Brown University professor at the Warren Alpert Medical School and Expert Advisor to Governor Raimondo’s Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force
-Paul S. Kandarian, Army combat veteran in active recovery
-Alyssa Sullivan, author and yoga instructor who will discuss the experience of disconnection and suffering and how to create authentic connection and joy
Doors will open at 6 p.m. with one-hour of pre-show events. Representatives from local community-based organizations will offer information on overdose prevention and treatment/recovery services. The last 30 minutes of the event will be dedicated to a “talk-back” where audience members and COAAST cast members will engage in meaningful dialog.