Guidance from the Health Office

Guidance from the Health Office
Posted on 11/17/2022
graphic showing a nurse standing with arms crossed and the text "from the health office"Dear Parent/Guardian:

It is the time of the year when we see influenza, and other respiratory viruses. Please follow the guidance below to help keep our school community healthy. It can be hard to know when to send children to school if they tell you that they do not feel well.

Please keep your child at home and contact your child’s doctor for:
Fever greater than 100°
Cough or Shortness of Breath
Headache
Sore throat, runny nose, nasal congestion
Nausea, Vomiting and/or Diarrhea within the last 24 hours
Honey-crusted sores around the nose or mouth or rash on other body parts 
Severe ear pain or fluid coming from the ear 


If your child experiences symptoms, please stay home & make an appointment with your healthcare provider to be evaluated. Children, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with chronic health problems are the most vulnerable to complications.
The flu and COVID vaccines can help prevent illness or lessen symptoms. Please talk to your healthcare provider.
Wash your hands before eating, after using the bathroom, and frequently during the day.
Cover coughs with a disposable tissue or cough into the elbow or sleeve.
Avoid touching the eyes, nose, and mouth.
Avoid close contact with sick individuals.
Do not share cups or eating utensils.
STAY HOME WHEN SICK AND DO NOT SEND CHILDREN TO SCHOOL WHEN SICK
If your child is complaining about shortness of breath, is having difficulty breathing or develops a new onset of wheezing please seek immediate emergency medical attention.

The flu typically lasts at least a week. Plan on your child needing time to fully recover. Sending them back too early can cause dramatic setbacks. 
People with a viral illness are at an increased risk of dehydration; especially children, the elderly, pregnant women, and those with a chronic health problem. Please make sure your child is drinking enough water and fluids during the day and monitor their bathroom use to ensure they are hydrated.

SYMPTOMS MUST BE IMPROVING. PLEASE DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD BACK UNTIL THEY HAVE A NORMAL TEMPERATURE AND ARE FREE FROM DIARRHEA AND VOMITING FOR 24 HOURS WITHOUT THE AID OF MEDICATIONS. DOCUMENTATION OF A NEGATIVE COVID TEST (home test kit ok) MUST BE PRESENTED TO THE NURSE PRIOR TO RETURNING TO SCHOOL. PLEASE CONSULT YOUR SCHOOL NURSE BEFORE YOU SEND YOUR CHILD BACK.


Thank you for your cooperation and for all you do to help keep our schools safe and healthy.


Sincerely,


Rondout Valley Nursing Staff:
Lauri Mulholland RN
Marbletown Elementary School 845-687-0284   Fax: 845-377-6809

Rita Stoddard RN Kerhonkson Elementary School 845-626-2451    Fax: 845-377-6808

Alyssa O’Donnell RN Intermediate School
845-687-2400 x 4604    Fax: 845-687-7109

Krista Kelly RN Junior High School 845-687-2400 x 4603    Fax: 845-377-7109

Joann Redmond RN BSN
High School
845-687-2400-x 4218    Fax: 845-377-6805