January 24, 2020
As a friendly reminder, the flu season is upon us and it is important to recognize symptoms of the flu, which can affect children in different ways. Symptoms may include headache, fever, chills, body aches, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat and/or cough, fatigue, vomiting and/or diarrhea, and may include shortness of breath.
The flu spreads by:
- airborne respiratory droplets (coughs or sneezes)
-skin-to-skin contact (handshakes or hugs)
-saliva (kissing or shared drinks)
-touching a contaminated surface (blanket or doorknob)
Thorough hand washing is a good preventative measure to help the spread of the flu virus.
If your child is exhibiting any of the above symptoms, please keep your child home and contact your physician immediately. Please do not send your child to school. Children should not return to school until they are without a fever for 24 hours and have a note of clearance from your physician.
In addition, be sure to call to notify the school of your child’s absence and/or use the on-line absence form at www.ips.k12.ny.us. Click on the Absence Form under Quick Links, select Francis X. Hegarty School, fill it out, and click to submit.
Thank you for your cooperation.