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Influenza (flu)

 

We are beginning to see an increase in the number of students throughout the building diagnosed with influenza. Attached is an information sheet for parents from the CDC on symptoms along with prevention.

 

Please feel free to review and help us reinforce prevention by:

  • Staying away from people who are sick.
  • Sick children should stay home for at least 24 hours after his or her fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. The fever should be gone without the use of a fever reducing medicine for more than 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after it has been used.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.

 

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call or email. If your child is diagnosed with influenza please let us know as Johnson County Health Department requests that we report for tracking purposes, your child’s name or personal information is NOT provided.

 

Nurse Adriane Barrett, FNP – BC

barretta@usd230.org

913-592-7160

 

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/freeresources/updated/fluguideforparents.pdf

 

 


Head Lice Information for Elementary Parents

As you may know, head lice cases have been on the rise.  An estimated 6 to 12 million infestations occur each year in the United States, most commonly among children ages 3 to 11.  Here are some facts and myths about Head Lice to help clear up any questions.

Myths

Facts

  1. Head lice are easy to get.

Lice are spread by direct head-to-head contact. With that said, approximately 6 to 12 million infestations occur each year in the United States. Most common in age 3-11.

  1. Lice are related to cleanliness and hygiene.

Head lice are not related to cleanliness.  In fact, head lice often infest people with good hygiene and grooming habits.

  1. Lice are often passed through hats and helmets.

Rare, but possible.  Sharing hair brushes, pillows and sheets are uncommon ways of spreading head lice.

  1. School is a common place for transmission.

School is a VERY RARE source of transmission.  Much more common is family members, overnight guests, and playmates that spend large amounts of time together.

  1. Head lice are a serious disease.

Lice do not spread any known disease. They are annoying and anxiety producing but cause no disease.

  1. Any nits (eggs) left on the hair can lead to a re-infestation of head lice.

Nits further away than ¼ inch from the scalp have likely hatched and pose no additional threat.

  1. Lice can fly or jump from one person to another.

Lice only crawl!  Further, they prefer to stay on the head because of the temperature.

  1. Nits can fall out of the hair, hatch and cause spread to other individuals.

Nits are cemented to the hair and very difficult to remove.  . Nits OFF the scalp are not able to hatch.

  1. Lice can live a long time off the head.

Lice live less than 1-2 days off the head.

  1. Checking a classroom when one student has head lice can prevent lice from spreading.

Classroom transmission is RARE.  Checking every student’s head is a waste of valuable learning time and would likely not find an early case.  Checking family members and playmates is much more appropriate. It is recommended to check your child weekly catch an infestation early.

  1. Once present, it is very difficult to get rid of lice.

Parents should consider using over-the-counter medications as a first choice of treatment for active lice infestations. The best way to interrupt a chronic lice problem is with regular checks by parents and early treatment with a safe, affordable, over-the-counter pediculicide. After applying the product according to the manufacturer’s instructions, parents should follow with nit removal and wet combing. The treatment should be reapplied at day 9, and if needed, at day 18.


Tips for parents to prevent the spread of head lice:



When Should Your Child Stay Home From School?

Spring Hill Elementary follows the exclusion recommendations set forth by the Johnson County Health Department. Please see "Exclusion Recommendations" under the Health Resources page for other conditions not listed below. Please follow these guidelines:

Your child must be excluded from school if he/she has a fever of 100 degrees or higher. Your child may return to school when he/she has been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever–reducing medications.

Your child must be free of vomiting, diarrhea, and purulent eye drainage for 24 hours before returning to school.

Your child should remain home for 24 hours after starting an antibiotic therapy.
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