The school nurse is constantly alerted to communicable diseases and strives to prevent their spread. This takes cooperation from parents and students.
From time to time, the nurse may send notices home alerting parents to specific classroom or grade level illnesses, such as head lice, scabies, MRSA, strep infections and chicken pox. Please take the time to read these notices and follow any directions pertinent to your child. Information on common contagious diseases is below:
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mid to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, can be at high risk for serious flu complications.
Seasonal Flu Guide for Parents - a factsheet from the NYS Department of Health.
What everyone should know about Seasonal Flu - NYS Department of Health website
Each school has a comprehensive set of procedures to prevent the spread of head lice. Here are key parent responsibilities to prevent the spread of head lice: