The Department of Education and The Lower Lab School would like to remind you of steps you can take to decrease illness due to these viruses in your schools.
Respiratory viruses can spread very quickly in schools and may cause severe disease. The primary symptoms of respiratory virus infections such as influenza include fever over 100°F, sore throat and/or cough, chills and muscle aches. Influenza vaccination can limit the impact of influenza viruses and is recommended for all students and staff.
GI viruses such as norovirus can also spread very rapidly in schools. The primary symptoms of norovirus infection include vomiting and diarrhea which typically last 24-48 hours. More information on norovirus can be found at: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/noroviruses.page
Preventing Illness in our School
Careful attention to hand hygiene, cough etiquette, environmental cleaning and early intervention if illness is detected can limit the spread of these viruses. Posters below are up on our walls stressing the importance of hand hygiene and cough etiquette.
- We ask that you remind and encourage your child to wash their hands often with warm water and soap, especially after using the bathroom, before touching/eating food, or caring for someone who is sick.
- We are asking that families also encourage students to remember to cover their mouth when they cough/sneeze.
- We are making every effort to clean surfaces that may be contaminated with influenza, norovirus or become dirty from vomit or stool immediately with a germ-killing cleaner.
- “High touch” surfaces such as faucets, toilets, floors, tables, toys, hand rails, doorknobs, and elevator buttons are being cleaned frequently.
- Students or staff who have a respiratory illness or are experiencing vomiting or diarrhea should stay at home until they are no longer sick. Students or staff who develop illness while in school should also be sent home.
- We have the hand washing posters displayed in every bathroom.
Finally and post important …Families should alway share Doctor’s notes regarding respiratory or GI illness to the school nurse and the Main Office