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Dear Parent/Guardian,

As we enter into the cold and flu season, important reminders are being provided to help keep your student, along with all students and staff at Christ the King, healthy.

Encourage your child to drink plenty of water, to wash hands often and always after using the restroom and before eating, to not share drinks or water bottles, and to get adequate sleep. These are all important keys to overall good health.

Please consider keeping your child home if he or she:

1. Has a fever within the past 24 hours of 100 degrees or higher. Keeping your child home until fever is gone for 24 hours WITHOUT medication is important, too!

2. Has been vomiting within the past 24 hours.

3. Has had diarrhea within the past 24 hours that prevents them from participating in school.

4. Has a severe sore throat, which could be strep throat, even if there is no fever. Strep throat must be treated with an antibiotic for at least 24 hours before returning to school.

5. Productive cough, excessive sneezing, and/or runny nose.

6. Rash that is undiagnosed and itchy or oozing with pus or drainage.

Find attached information from the Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) regarding the prevention, recognition and treatment of the flu.

It is also important that your child have a Medication Authorization Form on file if you wish for them to receive Over the Counter (OTC) and/or Prescription medications at school. A parent or guardian must complete the form, notating the OTC and/or add Prescription medication(s) your child may receive at school. The form must be signed by BOTH the parent/guardian and health care provider. This form is valid for one school year, only.

Thank you!

Cathie Jackson, RN, BSN

School Health Nurse

Christ the King Catholic High School

Office – 704-799-4400, ext. 203