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Nurse

Kristin Mills Nursing and Health Services Director

Kristen Mills

Nursing &

Health Services Director

903-928-2295 ext 032

It is important that our students stay healthy this school year. Please help us by keeping your child home if he/she doesn't feel well. A sick child cannot do good work at school.

 

Guidelines for Illness:

1. If your child has a fever one day, keep him/her home the following day. They must be free of fever for 24 hours before returning to school.

2. If your child vomits during the night or in the morning before school - keep them at home.

3. If your child is sent home from school, with a fever or throwing up - please keep them home the following day.

Preventive Measures:

  • Clean hands often with soap and warm water or an alcohol-based sanitizer

  • Keep toys, counters and bathrooms clean

  • Don't Share items for drinking or eating

  • Aoid contact with anyone who has had cold or flu

  • Drink plenty of fluids

  • Keep hands away from your eyes, mouth, and nose

  • Replace toothbrushes after illness

Thank you for working with us to make this a healthy school year for your child

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Texas Flu

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