October 10, 2016
Dear PUSD Families,
The District has been notified of a high absence rate in some schools due to upper respiratory illnesses. It is important to protect the health of students from risks posed by infectious diseases that can be transmitted within the school setting. Therefore, we request all families to strictly follow standard health procedures to reduce the spread of colds and/or flu. These include:
Do not send your child to school if he/she has any of the following symptoms:
- Common cold: Keep your child home during period of productive cough and yellow or green nasal discharge
- Fever (over 100 degrees) - in some children, a lower temperature represents a fever. Please keep your child home for at least 24 hours after a fever without the aid of Tylenol or Advil
- Eyes that are red, swollen, crusting or draining
- Untreated, draining ears or earache
- Diarrhea, nausea or vomiting (if the student has vomited the night before or in the morning, please DO NOT send him/her to )
- Severe sore throat
- Skin rashes of unknown origin or contagious rash requires a certificate from health care provider that student may return to
If a student is at school with any of the above symptoms, the parent/guardian will be called to pick him/her up. Under certain circumstances, the parent may be asked to consult a health care provider and to provide a written note from a doctor indicating that the student may return to school.
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available.
Do not share personal items like drinks, food, or un-washed utensils.
Cover your coughs and sneezes with tissues. If a tissue is unavailable, cover up coughs or sneezes using the elbow, arm, or sleeve instead of the hand.
Get vaccinated against seasonal flu.
If you have any questions regarding this letter, please do not hesitate to call the District Nurse at 925-462-5500, x4168.