with Nurse Laura
Updated District Policy for Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis) November 2023
CONJUNCTIVITIS AND SCHOOL ATTENDANCE Children with conjunctivitis are no longer excluded from school unless the child has other symptoms that qualify for exclusion such as fever
Winter Is Here!
Winter has arrived. The snow looks clean and fresh and the children are ready to play. To stay safe and warm, children need to be wearing proper winter gear. The school policy is to have the students go outside unless the temperature goes below -10 degrees F. Your student should be coming to school prepared to spend 30 minutes outside.
Winter break is a wonderful time to spread good cheer. Unfortunately, good cheer is not the only thing spread during break. Usually by the 2nd week of January, we have a lot of sick staff and students. Washing your hands after using the bathroom and before eating is a great way to decrease the amount of germs passed around. Sneezing and coughing into your sleeve controls the spread of germs much better than sneezing and coughing into your hand. Getting enough sleep, spending time outside, and maintaining a balanced diet will help decrease the amount of time you and your family spend fighting illness.
A reminder-if your student vomits, has diarrhea, an unrelenting cough, or a fever in the last 24 hours, the District protocol is that they should stay home from school and rest.
If your student wakes up with red eyes that are “glued shut” or yellow/green discharge, please keep them home and follow the conjunctivitis (pink eye) protocol. If you send them to school, I’ll end up calling you to pick them up. I love to visit with families-just trying to save you the trip!
Your School Nurse,
West Homer Elementary
Fireweed Academy 3rd-6th