November 4, 2016

Dear Parents,

We are currently experiencing an increase in cases of gastroenteritis among our students at Sisters High School.  This information is going to students and/or parents of all Sisters School District families due to the many families with students that attend the middle and/or elementary schools. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, low-grade fever, abdominal cramps, malaise and chills.

Please keep your child home if he or she is having vomiting or diarrhea. Students may return to school 48 hours after diarrhea and vomiting have stopped.

If you think your child may have gastroenteritis, the following will help your child feel better, and help keep others from getting sick:

-Keep your child home for at least 48 hours after vomiting and diarrhea have  stopped, and your child is feeling better.

-Have your child sip fluids frequently, as tolerated. Half-strength apple juice, sports fluids, flat lemon-lime soda, or popsicles can help prevent dehydration.

-WASH HANDS FREQUENTLY AND THOROUGHLY. Wash hands after using the bathroom,  after cleaning, and before eating or preparing food. Avoid sharing towels  with family members and , if possible, have the sick child use only one bathroom.

-Call your healthcare provider if symptoms last longer than three days; if your child has bloody diarrhea or a fever greater than 101 F; or if you think your child is becoming dehydrated.

We will continue to work hard as a staff to maintain a healthy school environment. We truly appreciate the support we receive from parents to help us keep our students healthy and happy.

Sincerely,

Trish Roy, RN, NCSN
School Nurse
Sisters High School
541 549-4045 X6