From the Nurse
Below please find a few guidelines for you to follow when your child becomes sick. These guidelines can be helpful when deciding whether or not to keep your child home from school. They have been put in place to ensure the health and well being of all Burlington students and staff.
☹ Red Light Symptoms: Children don’t attend school! Fever (100.0 or higher), diarrhea, vomiting, or sore throat (sore throats could be strep, which is highly contagious). Children need to be free from these symptoms for 24 hours before returning to school. If a child is taking an antibiotic they need to be on it for a full 24 hours before returning to school. Also, red or pink itchy eyes with crusty and/or green/yellow drainage should be evaluated by a physician — child may return to school the day after he/she is examined by a physician and treatment has begun. If your child has any type of flu symptoms (fever, chills, body aches, low energy) please keep them home from school. The nurse also has the discretion to send a student home with a rash of unknown cause that needs physician evaluation and clearance to return to school.
• Yellow Light Symptoms: Children could or could not attend school; you need to use your best judgment. If your child has cold symptoms and you feel they should go to the doctor, please keep them home from school. If your child has a runny nose that is green and thick or a severe/hacking cough, they should stay home. If your child has a bad cold, has no energy or requires any type of medicine to get through the day, they should probably stay home. Remember, children are not available to learn if they aren’t feeling well.
☺ Green Light Symptoms: Children can attend school. Your child has allergies and has a clear runny nose or mild cough. Your child has been sick but is feeling better and has been fever-free for 24 hours (not taking fever-reducing medication). If your child has been sick and has been put on an antibiotic, they must be on the antibiotic for a full 24 hours plus fever-free for 24 hours (not taking fever-reducing medication).
We request that you call your child in sick if they are going to miss school. Please include in your message what is wrong with your child. This is helpful for us to track different types of colds, viruses and infections going around. If your child has had a fever or is contagious, i.e. strep, please call your Nurse’s office.
Fox Hill Elementary School
Suzy Shields, RN, BSN 781-270-1792
Absentee Line 781-273-7638
The information below from the CDC was sent home today. Fox Hill School uses disinfecting wipes and cleans daily.
How To Clean and Disinfect Schools To Help Slow the Spread of Flu
Cleaning and disinfecting are part of a broad approach to preventing infectious diseases in schools. To help slow the spread of influenza (flu), the first line of defense is getting vaccinated. Other measures include staying home when sick, covering coughs and sneezes, and washing hands often. Below are tips on how to slow the spread of flu specifically through cleaning and disinfecting.
1. Know the difference between cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing
Cleaning removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects. Cleaning works by using soap (or detergent) and water to physically remove germs from surfaces. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.
Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects. Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces or objects. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.
Sanitizing lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements. This process works by either cleaning or disinfecting surfaces or objects to lower the risk of spreading infection.
2. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are touched often
Follow your school’s standard procedures for routine cleaning and disinfecting. Typically, this means daily sanitizing surfaces and objects that are touched often, such as desks, countertops, doorknobs, computer keyboards, hands-on learning items, faucet handles, phones, and toys. Some schools may also require daily disinfecting these items. Standard procedures often call for disinfecting specific areas of the school, like bathrooms.
Immediately clean surfaces and objects that are visibly soiled. If surfaces or objects are soiled with body fluids or blood, use gloves and other standard precautions to avoid coming into contact with the fluid. Remove the spill, and then clean and disinfect the surface.
3. Simply do routine cleaning and disinfecting
It is important to match your cleaning and disinfecting activities to the types of germs you want to remove or kill. Most studies have shown that the flu virus can live and potentially infect a person for up to 48 hours after being deposited on a surface. However, it is not necessary to close schools to clean or disinfect every surface in the building to slow the spread of flu. Also, if students and staff are dismissed because the school cannot function normally (e.g., high absenteeism during a flu outbreak), it is not necessary to do extra cleaning and disinfecting.
Flu viruses are relatively fragile, so standard cleaning and disinfecting practices are sufficient to remove or kill them. Special cleaning and disinfecting processes, including wiping down walls and ceilings, frequently using room air deodorizers, and fumigating, are not necessary or recommended. These processes can irritate eyes, noses, throats, and skin; aggravate asthma; and cause other serious side effects.
4. Clean and disinfect correctly
Always follow label directions on cleaning products and disinfectants. Wash surfaces with a general household cleaner to remove germs. Rinse with water, and follow with an EPA-registered disinfectant to kill germs. Read the label to make sure it states that EPA has approved the product for effectiveness against influenza virus.
If a surface is not visibly dirty, you can clean it with an EPA-registered product that both cleans (removes germs) and disinfects (kills germs) instead. Be sure to read the label directions carefully, as there may be a separate procedure for using the product as a cleaner or as a disinfectant. Disinfection usually requires the product to remain on the surface for a certain period of time (e.g., letting it stand for 3 to 5 minutes).
Use disinfecting wipes on electronic items that are touched often, such as phones and computers. Pay close attention to the directions for using disinfecting wipes. It may be necessary to use more than one wipe to keep the surface wet for the stated length of contact time. Make sure that the electronics can withstand the use of liquids for cleaning and disinfecting.
5. Use products safely
Pay close attention to hazard warnings and directions on product labels. Cleaning products and disinfectants often call for the use of gloves or eye protection. For example, gloves should always be worn to protect your hands when working with bleach solutions.
Do not mix cleaners and disinfectants unless the labels indicate it is safe to do so. Combining certain products (such as chlorine bleach and ammonia cleaners) can result in serious injury or death.
Ensure that custodial staff, teachers, and others who use cleaners and disinfectants read and understand all instruction labels and understand safe and appropriate use. This might require that instructional materials and training be provided in other languages.
6. Handle waste properly
Follow your school’s standard procedures for handling waste, which may include wearing gloves. Place no-touch waste baskets where they are easy to use. Throw disposable items used to clean surfaces and items in the trash immediately after use. Avoid touching used tissues and other waste when emptying waste baskets. Wash your hands with soap and water after emptying waste baskets and touching used tissues and similar waste.
5th Grade Yearbook Drawing Contest
The 5th Grade Yearbook Committee is looking for a front and back cover design for your 2018 yearbook. We invite any 5th grader to submit a drawing to be considered!
- Include the Fox Hill School “fox” in the picture
- Include the year “2018” in the picture
- 8 1/2 x 11 paper (portrait)
- Submit pictures to the main office by Monday, February 12th.
- Drawing should be in color
- Johnson will select two drawings – one for a front cover and one for a back cover
- Submission of a cover design is optional
Good Luck Everyone!
Fox Hill Art ~ We Need Your Lids!
The art room is looking for circular lids from any of the things you might recycle or throw out. ~ All sizes and colors ~
~ Metal lids from sauce or jelly jars
~ Plastic lids from butter or cool whip containers
~ Soda bottle caps
~ Laundry detergent caps
~ Non-stick spray can caps
~ Spray paint can lids
Please wash them off and send them with your child.
There will be a collection box outside the art room. Room 3 in Pod 1. Please check my blog, at https://scarpullafh.blogspot.com, to see what might happen.
Thank you, Mr. Scarpulla and Fox Hill Art
Box Tops Collection!
Remember to clip your box tops and glue or tape onto the collection sheets by Friday, February 16th. Use collection sheets (preferred) or marked bags of 50. Copies of the collection sheets are in the school office or may be downloaded from the link.
Spread the word! Ask grandparents, relatives or neighbors to clip for you! Schools who have friends clip, can earn up to 50% more money for their school! Thanks for clipping for Fox Hill! If you have any questions email email@example.com
Fox Hill Lost & Found will be Donated Soon
If your child is missing any clothing items, please have them stop by to the Lost and Found outside POD 1 to see if they have been turned in. If items are not picked up by Friday, February 16, we will donate the items.
Thank you for your help!
Lunch for week of 2/12/2018
Popcorn Chicken or Home Style Pizza
Mini Cheese Raviolis or Hot Dog
Meatball Sub or Toasted Grilled Cheese
Pancakes or Chicken Patty Sandwich
Pizza Party (Wedge Cheese Pizza)
Please be sure your child’s lunch account with PayPams is up to date.
You can check the balance at paypams.com