Dear Wappingers Junior High School Family,
Please be advised that the flu season is upon us and is rampant in New York State. Along with the flu comes other illnesses including the stomach bug. We have over 800 students in our care on a daily basis including children with respiratory disease as well as immunocompromised students.
As per the Board of Health, any child with a temperature of 100 or higher has a fever. If they are in school we are directed to notify parent/guardian and send the student home.
When deciding on when to send students to school please consider the following:
If your child has a fever today, they should not be in school today or the following day. Students should be fever free for a full 24 hours without medication prior to returning to school.
If your student has vomiting and/or diarrhea today, they should not be in school today or the following day. Students should be symptom free for a full 24 hours prior to be sent back to school.
Please be mindful if your student has a temperature of 99-100, this could be the beginning of an illness and it may be worth a day of rest to not worsen or prolong the illness.
Review with your children how to cough (into a tissue or the crook of their arm), how to wash their hands especially after blowing their noses, with warm water and soap, and remind them not to touch their eyes or their nose while in school. Encourage them to get enough sleep, eat nutritionally, and drink plenty of water!
If we send our children to school and they are symptomatic we are putting our staff and other students at risk.
Please check the link below for information regarding the flu - prevention, symptoms, and treatment.
Gina Nicolari, RN
Mary Soyka, RN