Avoiding Common Viruses at School

Back to school season coincides with an increase in the viruses that can cause fever, vomiting, diarrhea and breathing problems.  These include the norovirus (the "stomach flu"), influenza and enterovirus.  Simple actions can help stop viruses from spreading at school:

  1. WASH HANDS FREQUENTLY WITH SOAP AND WATER for 20 seconds (as long as it takes to sing the "Alphabet song")
  2. Wash hands when you ARRIVE at school
  3. Wash hands BEFORE eating or touching food
  4. Wash hands AFTER using the bathroom
  5. Wash hands after coughing, sneezing and/or coming in from outdoors

Staff will make sure that soap and paper towels are always available.  Alcohol-based hand "sanitizer" are NOT as effective against viruses as soap and water.  

Cover Coughs and Sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve, NOT with your hands.

 

Most of all, if you are sick, STAY HOME so that you do not get other people sick.  Children with fever, vomiting or diarrhea should stay home until the symptoms are gone or until a doctor says it is okay to return.  

  

Get vaccinated against the flu.

  

**********REMINDER***********

  • ALL KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS
  • NEW STUDENTS TO NYC DOE SCHOOLS
  • TRANSFER STUDENTS FROM OTHER NYC SCHOOLS 

MUST SEND IN PHYSICAL EXAM FORMS TO THE SCHOOL NURSE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.