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Information from the School Nurse

Dear German School Families,

There have been numerous cases of strep throat and influenza reported in Montgomery County over the past couple of weeks. Hopefully, the Christmas Break and not having been at school for two weeks, will decrease the spread of both strep throat and influenza at the German School, but I anticipate seeing students contracting one or both illnesses as we are all returning from the break.

Recently, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported that the outbreak of flu has reached epidemic proportions in our area. This year’s flu vaccination seems to be less effective due to a mutation in the virus.  Please read this report on the mutated flu virus on CNN Health.  Despite best efforts, which may have included receiving this year’s influenza (flu) vaccination for many of us, it may prove to be a challenge keeping everyone healthy here at school. 

If your child is sick, please keep her or him home.  They will recuperate quicker and that is more important than focusing on the workload or activities they will miss.  Spending the time at home recuperating is much better than having them struggle through a day at school not feeling 100%.

While your child, who had a fever the day or night before, may seem well enough to go to school the next day, he or she must be fever free for a minimum of 24 hours (temperature less than 100 degrees F) WITHOUT medication to control the fever before returning to school.  In the interest of your child’s health and the health of our school community, if your child has a fever in the morning, please do not medicate them and send them to school that day.  A fever is an indication that the body is trying to fight off illness.  The same applies to vomiting and diarrhea.

As you are facing the decision whether or not to send your sick child to school, please ask yourself, “If my child were healthy, would I want a parent sending their sick child in to possibly expose my child and others to their illness?”  The answer is no and the decision simple.

Please also review these information sheets on strep throat and influenza.

If  you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 301.767.3814.

Wishing you a safe, healthy, and happy New Year.

Sincerely,

Denise Jackson, RN
School Nurse
djackson@dswash.org
301.767.3814


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