West SIde School District has seen, as have many school districts, a number of symptoms in students, including upper respiratory congestion, sinus congestion, headache with sudden onset, vomiting, and aches and fever. The district is doing everything possible to prevent the spread of sickness by cleaning common contact surfaces such as desks, door knobs, and water fountains. Also, students are reminded regularly to wash hands often, cough into the elbow, and limit hand-to-hand contact.
Parents also have a part to play in helping to keep sickness from spreading, especially when children have missed school due to sickness and want to return as soon as possible. The school wants students back when they are healthy and non-contagious.
As a reminder:
Students must be fever-free for 24 hours (without the aid of medication) before returning, where “fever” is considered a temperature of 100.5 degrees and above;
Students must stay home for the duration of the doctor’s note … for example, “Student may return to school on Thursday” means that the student should not attend until Thursday, even if they feel better and have been fever-free 24 hours; and
Students who are absent for any part of the school day may not participate in extracurricular school functions, including basketball.