Mrs. Forte's Newsletter

February 2017

Norovirus

The best way to prevent Norovirus is with careful, frequent handwashing, staying home when ill and learning how it is spread. Please refer to the CDC website for more information http://www.cdc.gov/features/norovirus/

Norovirus Symptoms

Common symptoms:

  • cramping
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea

Less common symptoms:

  • low-grade fever
  • chills
  • headache
  • muscle aches
  • fatigue

Help us prevent contagious illnesses in our school community.

Keep your child home for at least 24 hours after fever, diarrhea, and/or vomiting has stopped.

If your child has been vomiting or has had diarrhea. They must wait 24 hours and have had no episodes of vomiting or diarrhea before they return to school.

If vomiting, they need to be able to have eaten a solid diet for 24 hours before returning to school.

If your child has had a fever, they must wait for 24 hours without taking any fever reducing medication (for example, Tylenol or Ibuprofen, Motrin, etc) and be fever free for those 24 hours of not being on the medication, before returning to school.

Fifth Grade Students to sponsor Annual Blood Drive

Monday, March 13th, 3-7pm

11 Limerock Road

Smithfield, RI

Our fifth-grade students have been learning leadership skills during health class. What a wonderful way to learn how to help others in need! Please consider supporting our fifth-grade students in reaching their goal of collecting 50 units of blood this year. Be on the lookout for our students creating announcements during health class and posting them to all of our school community. The skills of brainstorming and creating these announcements using our new school technology are instrumental in providing our students with the skills they will need when they go on to the upper grades.

Mark your calendars and keep your eyes peeled for upcoming student announcements.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Medication Policy and Parents to Transport Medication to and From School

Only those students who have a doctor's order to carry medications may transport their medication to and from school. Parents must transport all medication to and from school unless they have the doctors written, to carry medication, on file at the school. You may download a Medication Form from our district website: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B29hKz8MLOXWfnR2NGdYd0RaM3AwcmR1M29SWVozd3Z0YjFyLV9TalpzSzVBc2NnMEMySG8


For additional information, please visit our district website to read our medication policy

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0KUMIU24kyRMnVKc0tkNUE2NlE/view

Head Lice: Continue Checking Your Child All Year Long

TO ALL PARENTS: PLEASE CONTINUE CHECKING YOUR CHILD FOR HEAD LICE AND FREQUENTLY THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL YEAR.

The best way to prevent the spread of head lice is to be knowledgeable on the latest best practices. Please know we have a district brochure with valuable information that you will find the latest information:

http://www.smithfield-ps.org/sites/smithfield-ps.org/files/infopage/HeadLiceBrochure.pdf

Please feel free to contact Mrs. Forte @ cforte@smithfield-ps.org

You may also call Mrs. Forte at 231-6652