Cold and Flu Season is Coming…. Never Fear Ben-Hem’s Nurses are Here!

Post by Barbara Singer and Denise Twiss, Ben-Hem School Nurses

Happy fall!  As you know, Enterovirus has been in the news recently.  There have been no confirmed cases in the area, but we are seeing students who have respiratory viruses, GI viruses, and a few cases of Strep Throat in the health clinic.   The best prevention for all of these illnesses is HAND WASHING.   In addition, please remind your children to cover their mouths/noses with their elbows or a tissue when they have to cough and/or sneeze, and please send your children into school each day with their own individual water bottle.  If your child is coughing and/or sneezing due to seasonal allergies, check with his/her health care provider to see if allergy medication may help, and remind your child to wash his/her hands and face after coming in from playing outside.

Please review the NPS Absence Policy below and keep your child home if he/she has:

  • Temperature over 99.6 degrees, without the use of fever reducing medications

  • Colds, coughs and runny nose

  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

  • Undiagnosed rashes

  • Impetigo

  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)

  • Untreated Pediculosis (head lice)

  • Scabies

  • Ringworm

Please remember to call the absence line by 8:30 am EACH DAY that your child will be absent or tardy.  The number is:  (508)647-6581 and it is a recorded line so you can leave a message 24 hours a day.

Pupils returning to school after an absence of more than five (5) days should present evidence for absence (a physician’s note).

Feel free to contact us with any questions and stay well!!

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