Dear Maclay Parents,
The cold and flu season is upon us in Tallahassee and so we are seeing the spread of respiratory infections, such as the flu and common colds, among our students across the campus of the Maclay School community as well.
We deal with these viral illnesses every year and so it time to remind us all how to stay healthy. We recommend some everyday preventative actions to stop the spread of germs which include:
Wash hands often with soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers when soap and water are not available.
Cover nose and mouth with a disposable tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw the tissue into the trash after you use it OR cough into your upper sleeve and not your hands.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way.
Try to avoid close contact with sick individuals.
Avoid sharing food or drink, cups and eating utensils.
While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
Stay home when sick.
Our own Maclay School Guidelines for when to keep sick children home from school ,entitled News you Can Use from the Clinic, can be found on the Maclay Clinic website,www.maclay.org/clinic and includes:
Children must stay home for fever over 100 degrees that may or may not be associated with other symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, cough, headache, stomach ache, eyes hurting, excessive sinus drainage or congestion. rash or a behavior change. Students must be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications such as Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) BEFORE RETURNING TO SCHOOL.
Parents or staff who are concerned, especially those who are pregnant or plan to be pregnant, may also consider applying mosquito repellent daily, cover exposed skin by wearing protective clothing such as long sleeves and long pants. You can read more at floridahealth.gov and/or cdc.gov/zika.
These steps are precautionary as the safety of our students, faculty, and staff remains our top priority. We will continue to be in communication with the Leon County Health Department and follow their briefings and recommendations.