MARVELL-ELAINE SCHOOL DISTRICT
from the Desk of the School Nurse
Dear Marvell-Elaine Parents and Guardians:
Cold and flu season has arrived! The number of doctors confirmed flu cases is on the rise both in our community and at our schools! Here at MESD, we are taking our regular cold and flu season precautions to avoid the spread of illness, including disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and reminding students and staff to wash their hands often. We ask that you please keep your child home if they are sick.
Flu comes on suddenly! Many people with the flu feel tired and have high fever, headache, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose and sore muscles. Antiviral medication can make the flu milder, so see your doctor if you think your child may have the flu.
Our school policy is that you should not send your child to school if he/she has:
- Temperature of 100 degrees or greater in the past 24 hours*
- Vomiting in the past 24 hours*
- Diarrhea in the past 24 hours*
- Strep Throat (must have been taking an antibiotic for at least 24 hours before returning to school) or other infection requiring antibiotics, such as pink eye
- Bad cold, with a very runny nose or bad cough, especially if it has kept the child awake at night
*Children must be symptom free for 24 hours, without the use of medication, before returning to school.
If your child becomes ill at school and the school nurse feels the child is too sick to benefit from school or is contagious to other children, you will be called to come and take him/her home from school. Again, if your child is sick, please do not send them to school.
Anita Egar, BSN, RN Reanetta Caffey, RN
MEES Nurse MEHS Nurse
(870) 829-1344 (870) 829-1037