Smyth County Schools Health Services encourages you to take an active role in measures to ensure the health and well being of your child during cold and flu season.
- Children with a fever of 100 degrees or above and or other active symptoms of flu or infection (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or pinkish/red swollen eyes with a discharge) should be kept at home. Your child should be fever-free for 24 hours without medications (Tylenol or Ibuprofen) before returning to school.
- Children who have seen the doctor and been placed on antibiotics for strep, pink eye or other illnesses should remain out of school for 24 hours after beginning the medication.
Teaching children to cover their mouth when coughing or sneezing, placing tissues directly in a trash can and washing hands after coughing, sneezing, and wiping or blowing the nose or eyes, can help prevent the spread of diseases. Also, teaching children to cough or sneeze into their sleeve if they do not have a tissue available will help in the prevention of spreading colds and flu. Remember, hand sanitizer does not take the place of washing your hands with soap and warm water and should only be used when soap and water are not available. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth to prevent the spread of germs and avoid close contact with sick people. Remember, children should never receive Aspirin or products containing Aspirin for fever or pain.
Please contact your child's school nurse or healthcare provider with any concerns or questions.