Dear RSA Parents,
With the cold and flu season upon us, please keep the following guidelines in mind when deciding whether or not to send your child to school. This will help to control the spread of infectious diseases at school and allow your child to be available for learning. Students should remain home for the following reasons:
• For a temperature greater than 100 degrees: Children should be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school and not taking fever reducing medication to control symptoms.
• If diagnosed with a strep infection: Students need to be on an antibiotic for a minimum of 24 hours, fever free, and feeling well before returning to school.
• If your child has vomited or had persistent diarrhea during the night or in the morning before school.
• If your child has a heavy, moist productive cough, chest congestion, or discolored nasal drainage.
• If your child has pinkeye (conjunctivitis). Students need to have completed 24 hours of medication, and have no visible redness or discharge before returning to school.
Students returning to school should be kept home until they have been symptom free for 24 hours. This is important for your child’s health and the health of his/her classmates. Please continue to remind your child of the importance of frequent hand washing, healthy eating, and proper use and disposal of tissues during this cold and flu season.
When notifying the school of your child’s absence, please give us the reason for the absence. Efforts will be made to alert classmate’s parents of physician confirmed illnesses such as strep throat, pink eye, or chicken pox to help control the spread of infection.
Thank you for your cooperation in this very important matter. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at (201) 758-5590 extension 108.
Lucia Zamora, LPN
Rising Star Academy School Nurse