February 14, 2019
Dear PS 101 Families:
The winter seasons coincide with an increase in the viruses that can cause fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and breathing problems. These include noroviruses (commonly known as the stomach flu), influenza (commonly known as the flu) and the common cold and enteroviruses (mild to severe respiratory illness).
Please take the following simple actions that can help stop viruses from spreading at school:
*Students should wash hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds.
*In general, students should wash hands after arriving at school, before touching food, after using the bathroom, after coughing or sneezing, and after coming in from outside.
*Please ensure that soap and paper towels are available.
*Students should cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirtsleeve, not with their hands.
*Students who are sick, especially with fever, vomiting or diarrhea, should stay home and reduce the risk to others.
*Children with fever, vomiting, or diarrhea should stay home until the symptoms are gone and they have had no fever without the use of fever-reducing medicines for 24 hours.
*Students should be vaccinated against the flu.
(Please note: In addition to administering flu vaccines to adults, licensed pharmacists are now temporarily allowed to administer flu vaccines to children between 2 and 17 years of age with an appropriate non-patient specific standing order).
Please seek additional information from the NYC Department of Health Bureau of Communicable Diseases to answer questions, your family pediatrician or feel free to speak with our school nurse.