It’s Elementary

Brandy Blanton, Elementary Schools nurse, provides weekly news and tips for helping children at home.

It is that time of year again, time for the dreaded cold and flu season. Here are a few tips and guidelines that you can follow to help keep you and your children healthy:

Keep students home when they are sick. Students should stay home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever, or signs of a fever.

Use fever-reducing medication (Tylenol or Ibuprofen) as directed by your health care provider.

If your child has had fever-reducing medication (Tylenol or Ibuprofen) for fever, do not send to school for at least 24 hours – even if fever is relieved by this, they are still sick and contagious, and they do not need to come to school.

Be examples and teach our children to:

Wash hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer, when soap and water are not available

Cover nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue—dispose of tissue immediately in trash. If tissue is not available, use bend of elbow to cover coughs and sneezes

It takes everyone doing their part to keep our students healthy for academic success!

This year Fair Elementary is selling Doll pin-ups for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s annual fundraiser. You may purchase either a boy or a girl for $1.00 each. Your child’s name will be written on the pin-up and displayed in the office. Please feel free to purchase dolls for other family members as well.

Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disease that occurs when a child inherits two copies of the defective CF gene – one from each parent. It causes the body to produce abnormally thick, sticky mucus, which clogs the airways and leads to life-threatening lung infections. The thick CF mucus also obstructs the pancreas, preventing enzymes from reaching the intestines to break down and digest food. Approximately 30,000 children and young adults in the United States have CF.

In 1955, when the CF Foundation was established, children with CF did not live to attend elementary school. Today, thanks to wise investments made by the CF Foundation in innovative research and comprehensive care, the median age of survival for a person with CF is in the late 30’s. The CF Foundation is very cost efficient, with 91 cents of every dollar raised being available for investment in vital CF research. Now, for the first time ever, CF research opportunities are being presented at a pace that is exceeding the CF Foundation’s ability to fund them. In order to fund this vital research, as much money as possible needs to be raised for the Foundation. Your support is needed to keep critical research moving forward. Thank you for your support!