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Health-safety update from TCS school nurse 7-23-2020

As we prepare to open schools on Aug. 17, 2020, we would like to make sure parents have the necessary information to help us keep your children safe and healthy so they can learn.
If your child has a serious underlying health condition, please seek the guidance of your physician before returning to school.
The first point of screening and preventing the spread of infection is in the home. Parents must monitor their children for symptoms of COVID-19 and keep children who are sick at home. Do NOT send them to school if your child has one or more of the following symptoms:

• Fever of 100.4 or greater first thing in the morning
• Cough, runny nose, sinus congestion
• Trouble breathing or persistent pain or pressure in the chest
• Diarrhea or vomiting
• Abdominal pain.

If they have these symptoms, please contact your child’s physician and follow their instructions.

Continue to implement the following measures to protect against the virus:
• Staying home from work or school and limiting contact with others when you are sick.
• Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and properly discard used tissues. Do not use your hands to cover your mouth.
• Frequently washing your hands with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
• Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
• Avoiding close contact with those who are ill.

We are looking forward to seeing your children again. Please remain informed on updates by periodically checking the school district’s website (www.thomasvilleschools.org) or other school social media for updates or pertinent information.

Candy Thompson, RN
Lead School Nurse
Thomasville City Schools