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Health Update from Our School NursesPosted by Amy Watkins on 12/13/2022 5:00:00 PM
Dear Millbrook Families:
Even though this year looks different than the recent past, it is still important to know that COVID, Influenza, Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), and other Influenza-Like Illnesses (ILI) continue to burden our area and healthcare systems and remain reportable to the New York State Department of Health.
There are protocols in place that must be adhered to in order to safeguard our students, staff and community. With this in mind, whether you are a Millbrook CSD staff member or parent of an enrolled student, it is imperative that you contact your School Nurse to report symptoms, testing results and/or any lab-confirmed diagnoses.
Currently, there is a surge of respiratory viruses impacting NY State; health officials are preparing to collect tabulated, non-identifying data from each school district and will likely mandate Weekly Respiratory Illness Reporting by all K-12 schools. In order for us to comply and report correctly, communication is key.
What we are asking you to report:
A). if a student or staff member has symptoms that are consistent with COVID, please test using home kits (available for pick up in District buildings) or outside testing sites and report the results. We will then provide our current Return to School/Work Protocol.
B) if COVID negative and you or your child seeks medical attention, were any laboratory tests done and what were the results?
C) if COVID negative and no medical attention was sought, what are your or your child’s symptoms?
Please note, you are NOT required to seek medical attention in all cases. However, if there is respiratory distress, prolonged high fever or frequent vomiting/diarrhea, seeking medical attention is advisable. As always, students and staff must remain out of school until they are free of fever/vomit/diarrhea for at least 24 hours without the use of symptom relieving medication.
Below are the current recommendations from the New York State Department of Health issued on December 5, 2022 to help avoid the spread of these respiratory viruses:
Precautions to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
1. Talk with your doctor about recommended vaccinations and available boosters.
2. Wash your hands often with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds.
3. No coughing or sneezing into your hands; sneeze or cough into your elbow.
4. Stay home when sick or symptomatic.
5. Consider opting for a well-fitting, high-quality mask when in public indoor spaces.
We remain your partners in keeping everyone safe, please reach out to your School Nurse so we can best support you and your children.
Please contact your child’s school nurse with any questions or concerns. Wishing everyone a safe and healthy winter season.
Millbrook Central School District School Nurses