November 2017 Newsletter – Keeping All Children Healthy

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As flu season begins, please take time to review our illness policies (Parent Handbook, page 31) and note that we will send home any child with a fever, diarrhea, unexplained rash or other symptoms at the discretion of the director. Children must remain home for 24 hours fever-free without the aid of medications and must no longer be contagious before returning to the school. We must by law inform other families of any contagious illness introduced into the classroom, and therefore any doctor note excusing a child’s illness must contain a specific diagnosis. We will not accept notes that say only “cleared to return.” Cooperating as a community, we can contain the spread of illness and keep everyone healthy. We will also continue to work with the children on the following precautions and ask that you do too.

  • Hand Washing. Washing hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds is the best way to control the spread of illness.
  • Elbow Cough. Children should cough into their elbows, not their hands, which are more likely to spread germs through touch.
  • Disinfect Hot Spots. Hot spots are high-touch surfaces where germs spread easily to others such as phones, refrigerator handles, light switches, door knobs, computer keyboards, elevator buttons and remote controls.
  • Proper Treatment. Should your child exhibit flu-like symptoms, such as a fever with a sore throat or cough, keep your child home from school for the day and consult your doctor.

The Brookline Health Department is hosting free flu vaccination clinics on:

  • Wednesday, Nov 8 at Baker School (205 Beverly Road ) from 5:30-7:30 pm;
  • Sunday, Nov 19 at Brookline High (115 Greenough St) from 10 am-1:00 pm.

For additional precautions, see www.cdc.gov/flu and www.mass.gov/flu. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping all our children healthy and safe.

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