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3 Tips for staying well this cold & flu season

Wash hands, cover coughs or sneezes and stay home when you’re sick

Fall marks the beginning of the cold and flu season in our schools. With the concerns surrounding enterovirus and other illnesses, we would like to remind everyone in the Douglas County School District to keep three simple steps in mind to prevent sickness of all types:

• Wash your hands frequently
• Cover your cough or sneezes
• Stay home when you are sick

We know that bugs travel quickly through our school communities, so the last tip is especially important. We ask that students stay home, if they are showing the early signs and symptoms of illness such as:

  • Decreased activity – droopy, tired appearance
  • Irritable behavior – sleepy
  • Sore throat / swollen glands
  • Runny nose / cough
  • Skin eruptions / rashes (students with undiagnosed rashes are not allowed to be in school)
  • Nausea / vomiting / diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever (100 degrees or higher is considered a fever in Douglas County Schools and the student is not allowed to be at school)

Please partner with us to create a healthy school environment by:

  • Checking children/students health before they leave home
  • Do not provide fever reducing medication to a child with a fever and send them to school
  • Keep students home when they have signs/symptoms of illness
  • Be sure your student knows where you are
  • Verify with the school office that your emergency contact information is current
  • Make arrangements with relatives/friends to take care of sick children/students if unable to do so yourself

Please contact the school if your child comes down with a contagious illness such as strep throat, chicken pox, etc.

Information about DCSD’s Attendance Policy, including when sick students can return to schools, is available at

For additional information about influenza, specifically, visit,  Remember, the Centers for Disease Control recommends flu vaccine for anyone over six years of age.

​If we all follow these simple guidelines, we can have a healthy flu and cold season.​

October 21, 2014 | By rmbarber | Category: Health Wellness and Prevention, Health Services

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