Current Health Alerts

 

Current Health Alerts

Fall Allergy Season is upon us!

The pollen count is at at HIGH level, Spring and Fall are the worst times for allergies in Kansas.  Allergies are not an illness.

If your child suffers from seasonal allergies, please consider treating their symptoms before school with an 8-12 or 24 hours dose of allergy medication.

If your child visits the Nurse with allergy symptoms, I will make sure they don't have a fever and tell them to blow their nose often, drink water and if their nose gets chapped from blowing it frequently then they can apply vaseline to the red part.

Your child may have reddened eyes, stuffy noses, sore throats, sneezing, coughing, and/or fatigue; even ear popping (related to sinus pressure due to seasonal allergies) in addition to clear nasal drainage and a possible headache and/or stomachache related to sinus pressure and drainage flowing into the stomach.

Please remind them to:

  • Eat their snack or lunch 
  • Blow their noses instead of sniffing and snorting that yucky mucous back in (this will only make symptoms worse!)
  • Drink lots of water
  • Wash their hands with soap and water or keep them clean with hand sanitizer
  • Wipe their nose and eyes with a clean tissue instead of dirty fingers, rubbing dirty hands in eyes can make them itchy & red
  • Splash/rinse itchy eyes with cool water at the sink in the restroom.  I do not have allergy medications or eye drops.
  • Cover their mouth when sneezing/coughing with their elbow instead of their hand

**If OTC allergy treatments are not helping, consider following up with your child's physician or an allergist.  Healthy Students are Happy Students!


When Should Your Child Stay Home From School?

Timber Sage Elementary follows the exclusion recommendations set forth by the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. Please see the full list of "Exclusion Recommendations" for other conditions not listed below. Please follow these guidelines to help keep our students and staff healthy:

  • Fever (with or without other symptoms) - Fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication
  • Vomiting - No vomiting for 24 hours
  • Diarrhea (2+ watery or loose stools) - Diarrhea free for 24 hours without the aid of medication
  • Eye redness with thick drainage - No exclusion from school, please help us encourage avoiding touching the eyes and also handwashing. 

  • Fifth’s Disease - Fever free for 24 hours, no longer contagious once rash appears

  • Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) - Fever free for 24 hours AND no open lesions

  • Impetigo - Treated with antibiotics for 24 hours OR physician note

  • Influenza - Fever free for 24 hours AND 7 days since onset of symptoms

  • Mononucleosis - Fever free for 24 hours

  • Pertussis (Whooping Cough) - Once antibiotics are complete. 

  • Strep Throat (and Scarlet fever) - After 24 hours of antibiotics, if not treated then 10 days after onset of symptoms.

 

 

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