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Recently we have seen an increase in the number of students with illness at Fierke. The majority of these students have experienced vomiting and fever. No specific pathogens have been reported or identified. In addition to gastrointestinal illness experienced at school, however, the CDC has confirmed a high number of cases of influenza in Illinois. Symptoms of influenza include sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, fever, headache, body aches, chills, cough, and sometimes, vomiting and diarrhea in children.
This is a good time to review those health practices which will help limit the spread of these infections and promote resistance to them. The number one way to prevent the spread of illness is frequent and thorough hand washing. Remind your children to cover their coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then to throw the tissue in the trash. They should avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth, as germs spread easily this way. When sick, children should avoid close contact with others and use separate personal items. Keep surfaces like bedside tables, surfaces in the bathroom, kitchen counters, and toys clean by wiping them down with a household disinfectant.
Influenza viruses can live for up to 48 hours on hard surfaces. Gastrointestinal viruses’ longevity vary, but thorough cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces drastically reduce the possibility of transmission. At Fierke we are following cleaning and disinfecting guidelines recommended by the CDC.
A child who is sick should be kept home; the well child should be in school. A child who has had a fever should not return to school until 24 hours after the temperature has returned to normal. Premature returning to school may result in another absence because the child is vulnerable to recurrence of the illness as well as cross infection from other students who may be in the beginning stages of an illness. The child who has a fever, is coughing, sneezing, vomiting, or has diarrhea should be kept at home for 24 hours after the symptoms subside.
Please refer to the school district handbook for procedures to be followed when a child must receive medication during the day, when the child is absent, or returning to school after an absence.
It is hoped that a united effort will result in reduced illness and absences at school.
Thank you for your kind cooperation.
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One District, One Book
This month, District 146 announced "The Trumpet of the Swan" as the first book selected for the One District, One Book program. Families are encouraged to sit down together and read the book throughout the month of February.
Each student in the District has been provided a copy of the book and the schools will encourage reading with families through activities in the classroom and at home.
For more information on the program, audio recordings of the chapters, and photos and videos of the activities, visit the District's One District, One Book website.
Jingle Bell Jukebox
Fierke's 4th and 5th grade classes presented Jingle Bell Jukebox on December 8, 2016.