Cedars is experiencing that annual phenomenon known as “flu and cold season”, with an increase of absences due to illness. While we are nowhere near “epidemic” proportions, we thought it prudent to share some tips for parents to help keep your family (and the school population) healthy. The information below was taken from information shared with schools by Northern Health.
Promote Hand Washing
Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Washing hands regularly, especially before eating and after outdoor activities, will help keep viruses and germs at bay.
Stay Home If Sick
If your child is sick, keep them home. (See “Symptoms” below.) People who have had symptoms of gastrointestinal illness (vomiting and/or diarrhea), should also stay home for an additional 48 hours after their symptoms resolve.
Cover Coughs and Sneezes
Colds, influenza, and many other respiratory viruses and bacteria can spread by direct and indirect contact with large respiratory droplets. Remind your children to cough or sneeze into their shirt sleeve or into a clean disposable tissue, and wash hands immediately afterwards.
Below is a chart to quickly help you identify common illnesses.
Staff at Cedars are making extra efforts to keep horizontal surfaces cleaned and disinfected. This will help at home, too.
For more information, you can visit Northern Health’s website to research health topics at: https://www.northernhealth.ca/health-topics