Be on the Lookout..........Germs of the Joe!!

Be on the Lookout........
Here is what I am seeing illness and health wise in the past week or so. If you think your child may sick please follow the 24 hour rule when deciding if they should stay home or not.
Lice: Check you child's head weekly using a fine tooth comb paying close attention to behind the ears and the nape of the neck. Lice tend to look like dandruff. The way to tell the difference is that nits are firmly attached to hair, while dandruff, dirt, or other particles are not.
Flu: It's not to late to get a flu shot!  There's no guaranteed way to avoid the flu. But get getting the flu vaccine  every year can help. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get it each year.
Fifth Disease: Fifth disease is a viral illness that most kids recover from quickly and without complications.Common in kids ages 5-15. It causes a distinctive red rash first appearing on the face, then spreading to the trunk and extremities. The child is no longer contagious when the rash appears.
Mono: One case of Mono has been reported in middle school. The symptoms include fever, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes or glands and fatigue. Additional symptoms may occur and for more information please click on the link. Mono Information  
Strep Throat: 
I am hoping with the shift in weather, it will give us the opportunity to open windows and eliminate some of these nasty germs! Please continue to encourage good hand washing, frequent washing of school items such as lunch bags, gym uniforms, etc. 
I hope this helps and stay well!!