October 2016 Newsletter: Keeping All Children Healthy


Please review the illness policies for the school (Parent Handbook, page 31) and note that we will send home any child with a fever, diarrhea, unexplained rash, conjunctivitis and other symptoms at the discretion of the director. Your child must remain home for 24 hours fever-free without the aid of medications, and must no longer be contagious before returning to school. Children who re-enter the school while still contagious will pass along their illness to other children. Cooperating as a community, we can contain the spread of illness. 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 infection.
  • Elbow Cough. Coughing should also be into the elbow, not the 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:

  • Tuesday, Nov 1 at the Brookline Senior Center (93 Winchester St) from 11:00 am-1:00 pm;
  • Tuesday, Nov 17 at Baker School (205 Beverly Road ) from 5:30-7:30 pm;
  • Sunday, Nov 20 at Pierce School (50 School Street) from 11 am-1:30 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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