The Weather, Your Student and Their Health

The Weather, Your Student and Their Health
Posted on 02/25/2016
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I cannot emphasize enough the importance of hand washing to prevent the spread of illnesses.
Also, daily cleaning of the desks and shared workspaces in your classroom is also helpful. And something students can help with at the end or beginning of each day. 

Below is information about staying in for recess that you can share with families.
Thanks for your help in keeping students healthy.
Questions come up periodically about students staying indoors for recess. 

"I believe that students benefit from outdoor playtime all year long. They are not at greater risk for developing illnesses if they are dressed properly for the weather conditions. Studies show that cold weather actually stimulates the bodies immune system to work better.
We follow National Weather Service guidelines for having indoor recess when the temperature and wind chill indicate that it is not safe for students to be outdoors for an extended time.

That said, if a student has a medical condition (illness or injury) that requires a student stay indoors for recess the school requires a doctor's note excusing them from going outdoors with specific guidelines. For example.... when the temperature is below 10 degrees with the windchill or when he/she is having wheezing or cough."

Things that we do at school to encourage students to stay healthy during cold and flu season are:
-Dress properly for the weather
-Drink plenty of water... staying hydrated is important
-Wash hands before and after eating,and after using the bathroom.
-Coughing or sneezing into a tissue or the crook of their elbow
-Keeping their hands out of mouth, nose and eyes.
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