October 2019 Newsletter – Protecting All of Our Children from Illness


As flu season begins, please 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 a full school day fever-free without the aid of medications and must no longer be contagious before returning to school. In the classroom, we use the following precautions and ask that you do so with your child 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.

· Daily Disinfection. We clean high-touch surfaces, such as phones, refrigerator handles, light switches, door knobs, computer keyboards, I-Pods and elevator buttons, with bleach spray daily to prevent the spread of germs.

· 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:

· Tues, Oct 29 at the Senior Center (93 Winchester St) from 11:30 am-1 pm.

· Wed, Nov 13 at Baker School (205 Beverly Road ) from 5:30-7:30 pm;

· Sunday, Nov 24 at Brookline High (115 Greenough St) from 11 am-1:00 pm.

  For additional precautions, see www.cdc.gov/flu and www.mass.gov/flu. Cooperating as a community, we can contain the spread of illness and keep everyone healthy and safe.

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