Cold and Flu Season Updates from the School Nurse

October 24, 2021

Dear Lincoln Families,

The beginning of cold and flu season is upon us.  As you know, symptoms of cold or flu can be similar to symptoms of COVID-19. To decide whether or not to send your child to school, please consider the following guidelines:

Please keep your child at home for treatment and observation if he or she has any of these symptoms:

  • Stuffy or runny nose (new onset)
  • Sore throat 
  • Headache
  • Stomach ache
  • Fever 
  • Vomiting (even once)
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills
  • General malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or 
  • Muscle aches or body aches

Individuals who only have one of the above symptoms, may return to school if the following criteria are met:

  • Individual has been fever free for twenty-four hours without use of fever-reducing medication,
  • Symptom has improved/ back to usual health 
  • Please complete an After Illness Attestation.  This form can be uploaded in the Parent Portal
  • Individuals with two or more of the above symptoms must get a PCR test and can only return with a negative result.  Please upload the COVID PCR results HERE and submit an After Illness Attestation.

Individuals with any of the following single symptoms will need a negative COVID PCR test prior to returning to school:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath of difficulty breathing
  • Loss of taste
  • Loss of smell

To help prevent the flu and other viral illnesses, teach your children good hygiene habits:

  • Wash hands frequently
  • Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth
  • Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, use a paper tissue, throw it away and then wash hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Colds are the most contagious during the first 48 hours.  A child who has a fever should remain at home until "fever free" for a minimum of 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication.  
  • Your child should be physically able to participate in all school activities on return to school.  
  • Keeping a sick child at home will minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom.

As a school, we have our maintenance crew and the night time cleaners disinfect surfaces, door knobs, and banisters on a daily basis. We are also ensuring that there is soap and hand sanitizer in all dispensers and encouraging everyone to remind students about the importance of hand washing.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Diane Murphy RN, BSN
Lincoln School Nurse