Thanks for all your help as we fight against the spread of germs. Please continue to be diligent in using and promoting good hand hygiene. Augusta County schools are working collaboratively with the Staunton/Augusta Health Department to help keep your kids healthy and in school.
A few reminders to keep you and your family healthy during this cold and flu season:
- Get the yearly flu vaccine
- Practice good hand hygiene including washing hands with soap and water at least 20 seconds, washing after coughing or sneezing, and using alcohol based hand sanitizer if hands not visibly dirty.
- Practice good respiratory hygiene including, using tissues to cover the mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, dispose of tissue immediately in trash can, if you don't use tissue, cough/sneeze in upper sleeve, not your hands, and wash hands after coughing or sneezing.
In order to reduce the risk of spreading viruses, keep this in mind:
- If your child is sick with a fever, they need to be fever free (temperature of less than 100 degrees) for 24 hours without medication (no Tylenol, Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, Aleve, Advil in their system) before returning to school.
- If having vomiting and diarrhea, they should not return to school until it’s been 24 hours from their last episode of vomiting/diarrhea.
These are great resources for information on disease recognition, management, and prevention:
www.cdc.gov Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
www.aap.org American Academy of Pediatrics
Information on understanding BMI and link to BMI calculator for children
www.Fitness.gov Presidential Physical Fitness Challenge
In accordance of Code of VA, Section 22.1-273.2: Please click the above link for information on Eating Disorders: If you are concerned for your child, please notify the school nurse for further information.