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Letter to Parents about the Flu from Cuero ISD Health Services

Dear Parents/Guardians of Cuero ISD students:

As we welcome everyone to a new year and a new semester, I want to take this opportunity to address the health of our community. The cold/flu season is officially in full swing. Flu numbers are increasing .  

To ensure the best possible health in our school community as we enter flu season, I want to review a few policies. If your child starts to run a fever, (for school purposes fever is 100.0 F/37.8 oral), please keep them home until the fever has been gone for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications. This means, if your child has a fever in the morning, they should remain home at least until the following morning. If they have a fever at night and they wake up in the morning without fever, they need to remain at home until they are fever free for 24 hours. We know it is stressful for you, as a parent and your child, as a student to miss school, and we know that fever can last a long time, but it is imperative that this 24-hour fever free period be observed to assure your child is healthy and ready to return to school. The administrators and teachers will support your child if they require a prolonged absence due to flu or other fever related illness. They will work with your child when they are healthy again and ready to return to school. There is no reason to return them to school before they are fever free. If you send your child to school after the nurse has sent them home with fever before they have been fever free for 24 hours, you will be called to pick up your child.

School can be an efficient incubator of illness. Keeping a virus out of our school environment is important to the health of our entire school and extended community.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Department of Health Services also recommend the flu shot as the best way to prevent flu. The flu season can go well into May so getting protection now can help to have a flu free school year.

Frequent handwashing, covering coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue, staying home if you are sick, adequate fluids and resting are other ways to help prevent illness. Please refer to the following link: The Flu: A Guide for Parents from the CDC for more information and helpful hints to protect your child from the flu and what to do if your child has the flu.

In addition, if the school nurse calls and says your child has a fever and needs to be picked up, please come within the hour to take your child home. This is for the comfort of your child as well as to limit the time of exposure to other children and staff. We hope that this semester is a healthy and happy one but we all need to work together to make this happen.

Thank you, Wanda J. Hays, RN District Nurse Cuero ISD

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