Influenza - An Important Message from our School Nurses

Influenza - An Important  Message from our School Nurses

Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.

January 31, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians:

For the last seven weeks, influenza has been geographically widespread across New York as reported by the NYS Department of Health. 

It can be hard to know when to send your child to school if they tell you they do not feel well. 

Usually the best place for them is in school, but there are some times when keeping them home to rest or call for an appointment with your health care provider is recommended.

Please keep your child home and/or contact your child’s doctor for:


  • Fever greater than 100° (taken by mouth) without the use of fever reducing medications.
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea within the last 24 hours
  • Severe sore throat with/without fever and feeling ill for more than 48 hours
  • Strep throat – must be on antibiotic for 24 hours before return to school
  • Large amounts of mucous (liquid) from their nose, with face pain or headache
  • Honey-crusted sores around the nose or mouth or rash on other body parts
  • Severe ear pain or fluid coming from the ear
  • Severe headache, especially with fever
  • Bad cold, with a very runny nose or bad cough – especially if it keeps them up at night
  • Red, runny eyes with itching

According to the CDC, vaccination should continue throughout flu season. In addition to getting a flu shot and staying home when sick, it's important to do the following:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds to protect yourself from germs and avoid spreading them to others or use hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available.
  • Do not cough or sneeze into your hands. Instead, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as this is how germs are spread.

Please keep children home for 24 hours after the fever ends or they have completed 24 hours of medication if prescribed by the healthcare provider.

Please call the nurses office with any questions or concerns you may have.

HS – 589-2043 Jean Swiercznski, RN

MS – 589-2023 Rebecca Grillo, RN

ES – 589-2033 Jordan Babcock, RN & Cynthia Dresser, RN