Please help keep MIA healthy and happy: wash hands often, use sanitizer, teach children to cover their mouth with their arm when coughing or sneezing, and keep children home if they are not well. See the list of symptoms below.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported an additional 16 flu deaths among children, bringing the nationwide total this season to 53.
About half of those children apparently had been healthy and had no special vulnerability to this viral disease, commented Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting director of the CDC. “Unfortunately, our latest tracking data indicate flu activity is still high and widespread,” Schuchat said at a weekly briefing. The report is from data as of the end of January.
Ann Arbor Public Schools report a high number of flu cases and several districts across the state have closed due to illness. MIA has one reported case of the flu—and we really don’t want anyone to be sick! If your child is coughing or feeling sick, please, keep her/him home. If a child becomes sick while at school, we will call parents to come and pick him/her up immediately.
The Center for Disease Control strongly recommends the flu vaccine, even late in the season and even though it is not 100% effective.
Practice good hygiene. Simple precautions such as washing your hands frequently, covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, and disposing of used tissues cut down exposure and spread of germs.
When Children Should Stay Home From School
- Fever is the body’s way of destroying the germs making it sick, and it’s a common symptom of infections such as flu. Keep your children home if their temperature is 100° F or higher. Wait until children are fever-free for at least 12 hours before letting them return to school. If you are relying on over the counter medicine to keep the fever down, please keep your child at home, where he or she will be comfortable.
- Diarrhea is often the result of infection, food poisoning, or a side effect to medications like antibiotics.Keep children home until stools are formed and your doctor gives the okay. Make sure your sick child stays well-hydrated.
- Vomiting is another way for the body to rid itself of the germs making it sick, and is usually caused by a stomach virus or stomach infection. Keep children home if they’ve vomited in the last 24 hours. They can return to school after symptoms clear up or your doctor says they’re no longer contagious.
- Severe cough and cold symptoms should keep kids home from school. A serious cough could be a sign of contagious conditions like whooping cough, viral bronchitis, or croup. It can also be a sign of asthma or allergies. Please keep your child at home if you are relying on an over the counter medication to supress or treat the cough.
- Sore throats can be a symptom of strep or a common cold. If your child has been diagnosed with strep throat, keep your child at home for at least 24 hours after starting antibiotics. If your child has a mild cold, it’s okay to go to school.
- Pinkeye (conjunctivitis) is contagious, and children should stay home from school for the first 24 hours after treatment begins. Symptoms of pinkeye include eye redness, irritation, swelling, and pus.
- Headaches can be a symptom of contagious conditions like viral gastroenteritis, flu, meningitis, and strep throat. Opinions differ on whether a child should be kept home. If your child doesn’t have any other signs of illness, and feels okay, your child can go to school. Note: the school can not give him or her any Tylenol or pain relieving medication.
- Rashes can be the sign of contagious conditions such as chickenpox, bacterial meningitis, or impetigo. Children should be kept home until they’re diagnosed. They can return to school after symptoms are gone and their doctor gives the okay.
- Earaches aren’t contagious. There’s no need to keep a child with a mild earache home, as long as your child feels well enough to concentrate.
- Mild cold or respiratory symptoms are no reason to keep children at home so long as their nasal drainage is clear and their cough is mild.
- If you child does not feel well enough to sit in class, please keep him or her at home. We can not give medication nor do we have facilities to care for sick students.