From the Desk of the Nurse Laura

From the Desk of Nurse Laura:

We have been seeing an increase in the number of absences due to illness recently.  Our nurse is monitoring student absence rates and has been in contact with the Alameda County Public Health Department. Additional cleaning of surfaces in classrooms will be taking place.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends some ways you and your family may keep from getting sick at school and at home:

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.  If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder; not into your hands.

Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to clean hands. 

Keep your child home if  your child is sick for at least 24 hours after there is no longer a fever or signs of a fever (without the use of fever-reducing medicine).   Stay home for 24 hours after vomiting or diarrhea.  Keeping sick students at home means that they keep their viruses to themselves rather than sharing them with others.