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News and Notes from the Nurse!
‘Tis the season!
Flu season that is! This time of year we tend to see an increase in a variety of illnesses from the common cold and flu, strep throat and stomach bugs. For that reason we would like to ask you to assist us by talking to your child about some of these important tips
Wash your hands! Hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of germs. Using hand sanitizer can be a great second option.
Cough or sneeze into the inside part of your elbow.
Use a tissue.
Don’t share food and drinks.
Get plenty of rest and eat healthy foods.
Please also note that while attendance in school is very important, we ask that you do not send your child to school with a fever. Your child should be fever free without the use of acetaminophen or ibuprofen for at least 24 hours. If your child is on antibiotics for a contagious condition such as strep throat, they should not come to school until they have been taking antibiotics for at least 24 hours.
Another common issue at schools this time of year can be head lice. Any parent that has had a child with head lice can tell you, it’s not fun.
Avoid head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact during play and other activities at home, school, and elsewhere (sports activities, playground, slumber parties, camp).
Do not share clothing such as hats, scarves, coats, sports uniforms, hair ribbons, or barrettes.
Do not share combs, brushes, or towels. Disinfest combs and brushes used by an infested person by soaking them in hot water
Please note that when children have head lice we require treatment but they are not excluded from school so following the suggested tips above are very important.
Trouble With Math Homework?
The second app is called Photo Math and is a personal favorite of mine.....especially when I am working with my own children in Middle School! Photo Math allows you to scan any math problem and the app then shows you step by step how to solve the problem. The app is free and VERY easy to use. It will even scan handwritten math problems! The app can be found here https://www.photomath.net/en/
Please remember that at this age homework is meant to teach personal responsibility. While we certainly encourage parent support the homework is not meant to be a major source of frustration and you should not feel like you have to teach the math. If your child is struggling we want to know. Just put a note on the sheet and send it back.