As we continue to maneuver through cold and flu season, and with the reports of viral concerns across the globe, USD 290 wants to let our students, staff, families, and community know that we are working with local and state health officials to ensure a healthy environment in our schools. As we do every year, we continue to monitor the illnesses of all schools and report that information each week to the Franklin County Health Department. We are committed to protecting the health and safety of our students and staff. While the risk of a major viral outbreak is very low at present, we will continue to actively monitor the situation and update you with additional information as needed.
The management of any virus evolves with time and research, however, there are a number of things that families can do to limit their exposure. Below are some recommendations from the Kansas State Department of Health and the CDC that you can do at home and at school to help maintain a healthy, germ free environment.
The CDC recommends the following prevention actions:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Contact your physician if you are feeling ill.
The support and assistance of our school community when working to contain communicable diseases is vital. Teaching the foundations of healthy habits in the home, self-reporting illness, and keeping sick individuals home are important elements in the success of containing communicable diseases within a community.
For further information regarding the Coronavirus, please check out the following CDC Websites for information. Or Contact your school nurse.
What is the Coronavirus?https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf
What you need to know, shared facts about the virus
Students with the following health condition(s) shall be excluded from school:
* Oral temperature of 100 degrees F or more--student should be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.
* Eyes inflamed with purulent discharge(Pink Eye)
* Drainage from ears(s)
* Skin Lesions (i.e. impetigo, ringworm, and scabies etc) until under treatment from physician.
* Diarrhea (2 or more stools)
* Severe cough
*Severe sore throat/Swollen glands
* Head Lice
*Undiagnosed rash- If your child has a rash of unknown origin, they will need to be seen by a physician to make sure the rash isn't contagious.
Medication at School: All student medications, including over-the-counter, must be administered through the health room under the supervision of the school nurse.
Prescription Medications Written request from the physician or dentist should accompany all medication to be administered at school. A written request from the parent/guardian must accompany all medication for initial administration. Continuation of administration will require parent’s signature on the school form- Request for Medication
*Medications administered three times or less a day shall be administered at home, unless written request from the physician specifies medication to be given during the school day hours.
*The official prescription container should accompany all medication. Two containers, one for home and one for school should be requested from the pharmacist. Any changes in type of drugs, dosage and/or time should be accompanied by a new physician order and/or a newly labeled pharmacy container.
*All medication maintained in the school setting should be kept in the health office in a locked area. Students are not allowed to keep medication on their person, backpack, or locker. In the administration of medication, the school employee shall not be deemed to have assumed any legal responsibility other than acting as a duly authorized employee for the school district.
Over-the-counter medication: (ie: aspirin, cough and cold preparations, etc.)- All over-the-counter medication should be accompany by a physician or dentist request. The medication should be in the original package and/or container. A written request form the parent/guardian must accompany all medication and a continuation of administration will require parent's signature of the school form- Request for Medication
Parents- Please check the immunization requirements for the 2019-2020. There are changes to PreSchool, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 7th Grade, and 11th Grade for the 2019-2020 school year.
USD 290 WELLNESS POLICY