• Now that school is in full swing and cold weather is here, head lice become a very common concern and occurrence. 
  • Check your child’s hair at least twice a week for signs of head lice- this helps preserve their learning environment as well as your family’s privacy. 
  • If you see evidence of head lice, nits (eggs) or live bugs, IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY AT HOME to properly treat your child’s hair and remove the nits and bugs so they may return to school LICE FREE. It is against school policy to send your child to school with nits (eggs) if they have not been treated. Nits are evidence of lice.
  • Also remind all children the importance of not sharing hats, scarves, ear warmers, and other winter headgear items to help prevent the spread of head lice. 

Is it a COLD, the FLU or COVID-19?

Winter is the time of year for common colds and the flu. In order to keep our schools open and reduce the spread of Covid-19 and other  illnesses and viruses, here are some guidelines for when your child should stay home from school: 

  1. Fever of 100°F or greater OR if child has body aches, chills, or is overly tired.
  2. Stomach ache with or without episodes of nausea/ vomiting/diarrhea. 
  3. Cough, stuffy/runny nose, sore throat, headache.
  4. Strep Throat, Pink Eye, Impetigo-  Your child may return to school 24 hours after being seen by a doctor and either started on antibiotics or cleared to return with a doctor’s note.
  5. Earache with continuous pain and/or fever.
  6. Rash with blisters and/or discharge.
  • If your child has any of the symptoms listed above in 1-3, please keep them home for a minimum of 3 days and have them tested for Covid-19.
  • Do not send your child back to school until BOTH the rapid and state Covid-19 test results are known.
  • Please notify your child’s school when they will be absent for any reason, if they are not feeling well, or if they have recently been around someone who tested positive for Covid. 
  • If you are having trouble deciding whether to keep your child home from school, either call your child’s doctor or the school and speak with the nurse or office staff.


  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Frequent hand washing is the BEST way to prevent and combat the spread of germs! Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose.
  • Do not share drinks, food, or any other items that may have come in contact with another person’s mouth and/or nose.
  • Get plenty of rest. Eat healthy foods. Drink lots of water. 
  • Stay home if  you do not feel well. Avoid people who do not feel well. 
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces (phones, door knobs, TV remotes, electronic devices, etc.)
  • Avoid large crowds/gatherings and get your flu shot!

Please make sure the school has a current phone number where you can be reached.    

Thank You For Your Support And Cooperation!

Kelsey Torske RN             Nora Hayes RN              Renee Lehman RN

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