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Principal’s Message 9/13/15

Date: September 15, 2015 Author: Michelle Marchena Curtis Categories: Featured, Principals Message, School News

Hello Brittan Acres Families.

Each year I ask families to help minimize the spread of illness at BA by being vigilant about prevention. Thank you in advance for taking time to read and consider this message for this school year.

We have children in our school who are especially susceptible to streptococcus bacteria. If these students are infected with strep, it may result in increased medications or even hospitalization.

Please let the front office staff know as soon as possible if your child has been exposed to, or has been diagnosed with strep. Remember, the Health Department requires that students diagnosed with strep remain at home until they have been taking antibiotics for 24 hours.

In addition, any illness acquired may result in more serious, long-term consequences. A few days home fighting a cold for your child might mean several weeks of illness for these students.

Please be sensitive to these students’ condition and evaluate your own children’s sicknesses with an honest and open mind. Keep in mind that the spread of illness can affect our children, staff and anyone visiting or volunteering at our school. Keeping your children home one more day, to be sure they are not still contagious may make an important difference in the overall wellbeing of our school.

  1. Stay Home when you are sick- You will prevent others from catching your illness. Students must be fever free (without the use of fever-reducing medications such as Tylenol) for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
  2. Clean your hands- Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use a hand-sanitizer.
  3. Cover your mouth and nose-Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and wash your hands afterwards.
  4. Avoid close contact- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth- Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his/her eyes, nose, or mouth.
  6. Practice other good health habits- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work, or school especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

Thank you for your support of health and wellbeing at BA!

Best,

John Triska