Health Concerns 12/8/2016
Dear Westbrook School Community,
By now you may have heard that the shoreline schools have been experiencing isolated cases of Hand, Foot and Mouth disease recently. In Westbrook, we have confirmed one case and that is certainly not an epidemic. Nonetheless, I want to share some information and the simple measures that can be taken to prevent its origin and its spread.
The link below will provide steps that we can all take to understand the symptoms of Hand, Foot and Mouth disease, information on its course and how to protect and stop the outbreak. This information will be found on our Health Dept. webpage that is created and monitored by our school nurses. As you read through the information on this issue and the power of good personal hygiene and environmental cleaning and disinfecting practices, please know that we are already upgrading our daily cleaning and disinfecting of our school facilities.
Thank you for your consideration of this non-life threatening health update and, as always, please contact our school nurses with any questions or concerns regarding this information and your students. Of course, I am happy to discuss our school district response to this and other health issues at any time.
Patricia A. Ciccone
Superintendent of Schools
Student Illness Guidelines
Student will be dismissed from school automatically for vomiting, diarrhea, suspected or confirmed conjunctivitis, nits (discretion of nurse)/live louse and temperature of 100.0 F and above. If the student is dismissed from school, the student may not return to school until symptoms have ceased for 24 hours. If your child is suspected of having pink eye, a doctor note is required to return to school. If your child is diagnosed with pink eye, they may not return to school until they have completed a full 24 hours of antibiotic. If live louse (lice) is discovered, the student may return to school only after hair treatment is complete and every viable nit is removed and the student must see the nurse upon arrival at school.
A student should remain at home from school with the following symptoms of communicable illness or disease:
- A temperature of 100 degrees or greater. Students should be fever-free without using fever-reducing medication for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to school.
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea. Students should remain at home until vomiting and/or diarrhea have subsided for at least 24 hours and they are able to tolerate fluids.
- Live head lice found in the hair.
- Eye discomfort with itching, redness, pain, and discharge.
- Skin rash suggestive of communicable disease
- Sore throat that is accompanied by fatigue, body aches, and fever.