No School Wednesday
Due to the inclement weather, there is no school on Wednesday, Jan. 28th.
8th Grade testing
Students in grade 8 will be taking the NAEP test on February 10th. Testing will begin at 10:50am.
There have been confirmed cases of influenza within the community, so I would like to take a moment to review the signs and symptoms, as well as the school’s policy with regard to returning to school after an illness.
Influenza is a contagious virus; school-aged children and those with respiratory conditions, such as asthma, tend to have a high rate of influenza. Common signs and symptoms may include: fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue and occasionally diarrhea and/or vomiting. Other symptoms that should be evaluated by a doctor may include: breathing issues, bluish colored skin, not eating or drinking, not waking up, extreme irritability and fever with rash. As always, if you have concerns or questions, please have your child seen by their doctor.
The following guidelines are used in determining when to send a student home; these same guidelines should be used when deciding whether or not to send your child to school. If a child has a fever of 100 degrees or more, is vomiting, or is suspected to be contagious, we will ask that you pick them up. If your child is home with a fever, vomiting or diarrhea, they should remain home for a full 24 hours after their fever is gone, or the last bout of vomiting or diarrhea. We ask that parents and visitors to our school use these same guidelines.
Hand washing remains one of the best ways to prevent the spread of influenza and other illnesses. Everyone should wash their hands whenever they look or feel dirty, after coughing, sneezing and blowing their nose, before eating and after using the bathroom. Hand sanitizer is readily available throughout the school. Covering one’s cough and proper disposal of tissues are other ways to decrease the spread of germs. Frequently used surfaces, such as doorknobs and faucet handles, should be routinely disinfected.
Thank you for you help in making the start of 2015 not only happy, but healthy!
Michele Sadler-Gove, RN, BSNDeer Isle-Stonington CSD 13 School Nurse