As the promise of spring sunshine and warmth is making its way to us, it's time to share some information regarding health and safety issues that affect your child(ren).
Changes may be happening in your family:
We need accurate information on your child's school Contact Forms. If there are changes in your telephone number, address, work number, or child care provider, please notify the school office as the changes occur. The information is critical if you are needed in an emergency or if we need to contact you with a health concern.
We ask that you please continue to screen your student before sending them to school.
If your student has one of the following symptoms:
- shortness of breath,
- difficulty breathing,
- new loss of smell or taste,
please do not send them to school and call your doctor for guidance.
If your student has two of the following symptoms:
- fever (100.4 or greater),
- sore throat,
- nausea or vomiting,
- congestion or runny nose,
- eye redness,
please do not send them to school and call your doctor.
Spring is here, and so are allergies.
The reason for the spike in allergy flare ups in the spring is because of the trees and plants blooming. With that, the pollen from the flowers gets carried by the wind, and ends up in our nose, eyes, and lungs. Often allergies can be treated with over-the-counter antihistamines, but it is always best to consult your doctor before treating your child for suspected allergies.
Typical seasonal allergy symptoms include:
Other things you can do to keep your child healthy are:
- Nasal congestion
- Clear, runny nose
- Itchy nose
- Itchy throat and post-nasal drip
- Crease across the top of the nose from constant wiping
- Excessive sneezing
- Dark circles under eyes
- Persistent cough, often rattling
- Encourage adequate rest (school age children need 9-11 hours of sleep each night.)
- Make sure your child eats breakfast and eats a healthy diet, with whole grains, lean proteins, and fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Encourage your child to get at least 60 minutes of activity each day.
- And finally, encourage your child not to share water bottles, food, nor clothes with friends.
Now is a great time to check and see if your student is in need of any updates to their immunizations. The State of Ohio required immunizations are due at Kindergarten and then a booster in 7th grade and 12 grade. There are also several recommended vaccines for middle and high school students as well.
Call your primary care physician or the health department to see if your child is in need of any immunizations.
Please see the most recent Ohio Department of Health summary for vaccine requirements for school children.