GUIDELINES FOR A HEALTHY SCHOOL COMMUNITY

GUIDELINES FOR A HEALTHY SCHOOL COMMUNITY

  • Everyone (staff members and students) should sanitize their hands as soon as they enter school.
  • Students and staff are advised to keep their hands away from the “T-Zone”. In other words, not to touch their eyes, nose, or mouth. This will prevent the germs from entering the body.
  • The staff should teach and practice respiratory etiquette. Cough into your sleeve, not your hand. If you accidentally sneeze or cough into your hand, sanitize immediately.
  • The children should not return to school until they have been fever free for 24 hours, or until the doctor says they may return to school. This has been difficult to enforce in the past.
  • If any staff member develops flu symptoms he/she should immediately see a doctor and not come to work. Symptoms include fever, chills and sweating, sore throat, weakness, general muscle and joint pains, nonproductive cough etc.
  • If any staff member is diagnosed with the flu, they should not come back to work before the doctor advises them – We need to avoid a person returning early while still being contagious and infecting colleagues.
  • At the end of the day, light switches, door knobs, telephones, and copier buttons need to be cleaned with an antiseptic wipe or solution.
Barbara Graham, RN, NCSN

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