I hope everyone had a wonderful, restful break. The unfortunate consequence of travel and family get-togethers is the sharing of illnesses. Both the Health Offices, at Morris and at LMMHS, have been seeing quite a few students with some sort of stomach bug since returning from Holiday Break. We are also heading into flu season, so I encourage you to consider vaccinating your family against the flu. Nursing staff has been reminding students to wash their hands, and use the hand sanitizer in the classrooms, to help contain the spread of 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, BSN RN NCSN
Lenox Public School Nurse