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School News & Events

Flu

Dear St. Margaret Mary Families,

There has been an increase in the number of reported Influenza A cases reported at St. Margaret Mary and the county.  To prevent widespread flu in school, we recommend that your child stay home from school if experiencing flu or cold symptoms.  To decide whether or not to send your child to school, please consider the following guidelines:

Consider keeping your child at home for an extra day of rest and observation if he/she has any of the following symptoms: 

• Very stuffy or runny nose and/or cough
• Mild sore throat (no fever, no known exposure to strep)
• Headache
• Mild Stomach ache

Definitely keep your child at home for treatment and observation if he/she has any of these symptoms:

• Fever (greater than 100 degrees by mouth and your child may return to school only after the temperature has been consistently below 100 degrees, by mouth, for a minimum of 24 hours)
• Vomiting (even once)
• Diarrhea
• Chills
• General feeling of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches
• Frequent congestion (wet) or croupy cough
• Lots of nasal congestion with the frequent blowing of the nose

To help prevent the flu and other colds, teach your children good hygiene habits: 

• Wash hands frequently
• Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth,
• Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, use paper tissue, throw it away and wash hands
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick

Precautions the school is taking:

• Wiping down all surfaces with disinfectant
• Sanitizing and disinfecting all classrooms (desks, chairs, handles, etc)
• Encouraging children to wash hands with soap and water
• Hand sanitizer in each classroom
• Communicating with maintenance staff about the areas that need attention

Colds are the most contagious during the first 48 hours.  A child who has a fever should remain at home until “fever free”  for a minimum of 24 hours.  A child who has started antibiotics needs to be on the medication for 24 hours before considered non-contagious and able to return to school.  Your child should be physically able to participate in all school activities on return to school. Keeping a sick child at home will minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom.

Thank you in advance for helping keep our school healthy.

In Faith,
Brenna O’Hearn
Principal – STMM