Both the Health Office at Morris and at LMMHS have been seeing an increase in illnesses over the past week. At Morris we have been seeing students with fevers, colds and viral illnesses, while at LMMHS we have been seeing students with colds, a stomach virus, and Strep Throat, but no fevers. Reminders from nursing staff for students to wash their hands, and use the hand sanitizer in the classrooms, has not seemed to make much of an impact on containing illnesses.
I respectfully request that if your student is not feeling well, has a fever, vomits, has diarrhea, is not sleeping or eating well due to illness, that you keep them home until they are symptom free for 24 hours. We do understand that colds can take a week or more to be gone, and that it is difficult for students to be out of school, however students returning to school following an illness should be in the recovery stage of their illness. Recovery stage means that they are fever and symptom free, or their cold symptoms are minimal nasal congestion, a controlled cough, or if needed, having been on antibiotics for at least 24 hours. Following our school handbook guidelines regarding illness can really make a difference in decreasing the illnesses that our students and staff acquire. Thank you so much for doing your part to keep our school community healthy.
Jen Drees, RNBSN