Healthy Students - Healthy Schools
Staying Healthy Throughout the School Year
Preventing the Spread of Noro Virus and Other Communicable Diseases
- An individual who has symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea can be infectious for 72 hours or more after they recover.
- Frequent hand-washing with soap and water by students and staff is the most effective way to prevent the spread of the Noro and other stomach viruses.
- Hand sanitizer does not kill Noro virus. The most effective way to keep from getting sick with Noro Virus or other communicable diseases is by thoroughly scrubbing hands with soap and water.
- When a vomiting incident occurs, Noro viruses can become airborne and can infect others within a parameter of 10 to 25 feet. When particles land on hard surfaces, the virus or bacteria can stay active for a number of days and infect anyone who puts their hands on the surface and then touches their mouth.
- Always wash your hands after using the bathroom and before eating.
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
- For more detailed information, visit: Washoe County Health District website.
Here are a few tips for ensuring your child is healthy and learning-ready for school.
- A good night's sleep is essential for keeping the mind learning ready. It's not too soon to start transitioning your family to an earlier bed time so your child has adjusted to a new wake-up time by the first day of school.
- Make sure your child has a nutritious breakfast every morning. A healthy diet is important not only to your child's normal growth and development but for boosting the immune system and preventing obesity later in life. Skipping breakfast, a habit common in school-aged children, deprives the body of fuel needed for all mental and physical activities and can increase susceptibility to colds and other communicable diseases.
- Limit TV and build time for physical activity into your child's after-school routine. While it's important that kids have a designated time after school to complete homework and study, research shows that whether it's organized sports or outdoor play with neighborhood friends, exercise can increase concentration, and improve academic performance.
- Vaccines prevent serious diseases and help keep our entire community healthy. Take a moment to review your child's shot record and make sure he or she has all the required immunizations before school starts. While the final dose of most vaccines are due just prior to kindergarten, with a Tdap needed given before 7th grade, contact your child's physician or the school's health office if you have questions about what vaccines your child may need in order to attend school.
- If you have questions about the district's policies for managing the health of students, call the school and ask for the school nurse.
Colds, Flu and Sore Throat
- Colds are caused by viruses and are easily spread among children. Since viruses live for a time on inanimate objects such as desk tops, pencils, keyboards, bathroom faucets, and doorknobs, the virus can spread when a healthy persons touches a contaminated object and then touches their nose, eyes or mouth. For more information go to: Healthy Children.org
- Flu (influenza) is another common infectious disease that occurs more often during winter and early spring. Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touch their own mouth, eyes or nose. For more information about the flu, go to CDC-Key Facts about Influenza (flu)
- Remember! The best way to prevent the flu or avoid spreading it to others is by getting vaccinated each year. For information about flu shots and where to get them, go to the Washoe County Health District's website: Flu Season Information
- Sore Throat is another common complaint we see in our schools. A sore throat may be caused by an infection with either a virus or bacteria, such as Streptococcus (commonly called strep). Most throat infections are passed from person to person by touching hands or through the air. That's why it's so important to cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve and to wash hands frequently!
- For more information about the symptoms of mild versus more serious causes of sore throat and when to call your child's doctor, go to: When a Sore Throat is a More Serious infection
Student Health Services Procedures and FormsTransitioning from hospital to school
Immunization RequirementsImmunization Clinics
Support for Students With Special Health NeedsHEA-M600 - Management Students With Food Anaphylaxis
For more specific information about the Washoe County School District’s health procedures, contact your school nurse or call Student Health Services at 353-5966.The Washoe County School District website may contain links that lead to resources, video, etc., which is located on servers that are not maintained or controlled by the District. The District is not responsible for the contents of any such referenced websites or for the availability of access to such websites.
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