As you may have noticed, Houston cold/flu season has begun. As the season changes and temperatures drop, we will begin to see more viruses (that aren’t COVID-related) pop up. We are so appreciative of how diligent and honest you all are being on your screening forms and reporting symptoms to the school. It has helped us detect other viruses and keep those from spreading on campus as well.
We sincerely care about the well-being of our students and faculty and will do our part to prevent the spread of any communicable diseases through increased sanitation and continuously encouraging good hygiene habits. The best thing you can do as parents is to not send your children to school if they are sick.
We’d like to review some measures that may help your family and our BYDS family stay healthier this season.
What do I need to know if my child exhibits any symptoms:
- Monitor your child and take them to a doctor (your pediatrician if preferred, but you may take to Urgent Care or another doctor as needed)
- Please see a doctor whether your student “stays home” or is “sent home” with symptoms
- A negative COVID-19 test does not automatically clear your child’s return to school
- A doctor’s clearance is the only way to return to school
- If a sibling is asymptomatic, they can still come to school
Keep your child at home and visit a doctor if they exhibit any of the following symptoms:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- Loss of taste or smell
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- Feeling feverish or measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
Practice good hygiene to protect yourself and others with the following tips:
- Wash Your Hands! Yes, yes, you’ve heard it over and over—but that’s because we require frequent hand washing.
- Everyone 6 months and older is encouraged to get a flu shot.
- Only if soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick. Keeping a sick child at home prevents the spread of illness in the school community and allows the child an opportunity to rest and recover.
- Cover your cough or sneeze and do so into your mask, then switch your mask and wash your hands. If you need to, use a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, and wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular cleaning spray or wipe (consider keyboards, cell phones, door handles, etc.)
- Did everything right—and got sick anyway? Oh, dear. Drink plenty of fluids and rest up. See your child’s doctor to get a clearance to return and please DO NOT bring them to school sick!
If your child needs to take medications at school, you must provide the medication and fill out a permission form. If the medication is prescribed, a doctor’s note is required.
Make arrangements to have a caregiver available in case your child becomes ill while in school. Be sure to keep your child’s emergency contact form current with name and phone numbers to reach someone who can pick up your child or in case of an emergency.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Your family’s doctor is the best resource for further information.
We will continue to be on diligent surveillance and keep you updated on information as needed. Thank you for your help in keeping the students healthy.