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It’s That Time of the Year Again…
 
Flu and cold season has arrived.  Each year, between five and twenty percent of Americans get the flu.  Children are two to three times more likely than adults to get sick with the flu, and they frequently spread the virus to others.
 
Is it a Cold or the Flu?  Although the symptoms can be very similar, if you have a stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, and hacking cough, you probably have a cold.  If you have a high fever, severe headache, muscle and body aches, extreme tiredness and dry cough, you probably have the flu.  If you think you have the flu, see a doctor within 48 hours.  There are antiviral medications that can shorten the duration of the illness and lessen the symptoms.  Remember that you can visit the CCSD website for updated information regarding the H1N1 flu at www.cherrycreekschools.org
 
If your child is sick and has a fever (>100.0), keep him/her at home.  If they have a fever, they should stay home for at least 24 hours after they are fever free.  Teach your child to cough or sneeze into his elbow area rather than using his/her hand to cover the mouth or nose.  If a hand is used to cover the mouth/nose, then you need to immediately wash your hands to prevent spreading the germs.
 
Here are some tips to avoid getting the flu this year:
Get a flu shot—particularly if you or your child has a chronic medical condition such as asthma or diabetes.  Also, it is recommended for all children between the ages of 6 months and 18 years and their caregivers and families.  The flu vaccine is
70-90 percent effective in preventing the flu.  You need to get one every year, due to frequent mutations of the influenza virus.
Practice healthy habits.  Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.  Use a paper towel to turn off the water in a public restroom.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.  Don’t share drinks, eating utensils, or cell phones with friends.  Drink plenty of fluids, eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep, and exercise regularly to boost the immune system.  Disinfect frequently-touched surfaces.  These include phone receivers, faucets, light switches, remotes, and appliance door
handles.
 
Vision and Hearing Screening
Vision and hearing screenings will be done on January 24th for all 7th graders and any 6th or 8th graders who are new, who need a follow-up, or who missed their last scheduled screening.  If you do not want your child screened here at school, you must contact the clinic to opt-out of the state mandated screening.  We will be looking for volunteers to help with the vision and hearing screenings on the 24th.  Please contact the clinic at 720-886-7766.
 
Attention Parents of Students with Asthma!
Now that we have entered cold and flu season, it is essential that your student be prepared for an asthma exacerbation should one occur at school.  If your child carries an inhaler in school, it is required that a physician’s order, indicating the student is capable of self-administration, be on file in the clinic. Alternatively, an inhaler can be kept in the clinic for emergencies.  Please call the clinic for the proper permission forms.
 
Medication at School
Remember that the only medications that students are allowed to carry in school are cough drops (as long as they don’t share them), and their inhalers, if they have permission to carry them from their doctor.  Any other medications that students may need to take during the day need to be kept in the clinic, and they need to be delivered in their original containers.
 
WHEN TO KEEP YOUR STUDENT HOME
 
The following is a guideline for when to keep your student home.  Please help us keep all Falcon Creek students healthy by adhering to the following:
1. Temperature above 100.0°
2. Vomiting or diarrhea within the last 24 hours—the student should be able to keep      food and liquid down before returning to school.
3. Sore throat in conjunction with fever, swollen glands, vomiting, body aches—this may be strep throat.  Students diagnosed with strep throat can generally return to school after 24 hours on antibiotics.
4. Red eyes with a white or discolored discharge or eyelashes stuck together upon awakening—these are symptoms of conjunctivitis, which is very contagious.  Consult your doctor.  Students with conjunctivitis can return to school after 24 hours on antibiotic eye drops.
5. Severe cough with thick green or brown sputum, or cough associated with difficulty breathing or wheezing—consult your doctor for these symptoms.
 
In general, a child too ill to participate in regular school activities is not well enough to be in school.
 
IMMUNIZATIONS
 
If you are the parent of a 6th or 7th grade student who has not had the state-required Tdap booster, please make an appointment with your doctor and notify the clinic of the date.  If your 6th grader is 10 years old, the vaccine is required after your student turns 11 years of age.  Students who have had a tetanus shot (Td) must wait two years until they can receive the Tdap (documentation of the Td is required).
 
MEDICATION PROCEDURES
 
Over-the-Counter Medications
The following medications are available in the clinic for occasional use by students:  Acetaminophen 500 mg tablets (Extra-Strength Tylenol), Ibuprofen (Advil) 200 mg tablets, Benadryl liquid, loratadine (Claritin) 10 mg, antibiotic ointment, hydrocortisone cream, and Tums.  Chewable or liquid pain relievers for students who cannot swallow pills must be provided by the student.  If your student will need cough or cold medication during the school day, please send it to the clinic in the original container.  Also, if your student uses Benadryl for seasonal allergies and frequently visits the clinic for medication, please provide a supply of the medication to keep in the clinic.  In order for your student to receive these medications, a permission form must be on file in the clinic.
 
Prescription Medications
All prescription medications must have written permission from the physician AND parent before the clinic can administer them.  Contact the clinic for the appropriate forms.  Homeopathic medications require physician and parent permission and approval from the district’s medical advisory board.  This process can take up to two weeks.
 
Please note that students are NOT PERMITTED TO CARRY MEDICATIONS IN SCHOOL, with a few exceptions (cough drops are OK).  This is for the safety of all students.  Clinic hours are 7:30 am to 3:30 pm daily.  If your child has a change in health or medications during the school year, please notify the clinic at 720-886-7766.
 
DONATIONS NEEDED
 
Occasionally, students come to the clinic in need of a change of clothing.  If you have old t-shirts, shorts, sweat pants, etc., that you no longer need, consider donating some items to the clinic.  All sizes are appreciated!  Since the clinic does not typically have these items available, you may want your student to keep some extra clothing items in their locker.
 
Proper hydration is essential to your child’s overall wellness at school.  It increases focus and attention, in addition to reducing headaches due to dehydration.  All students will be allowed to carry a clear, closed water bottle to class.
 
REGISTERED NURSES NEEDED
The Cherry Creek School District is looking for substitute, part-time and full-time school nurses. Would you be willing to substitute in your neighborhood school? Would you like to work full or part-time in the exciting discipline AND have holidays, weekends, and summers off? A school nurse position may be the perfect fit for you. Contact Marnie McKercher, CCSD Health Services Coordinator at 720-554-4275.
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