To protect students from colds, flu, and other viruses, the Ridley School District encourages parents/guardians to have their family members get a flu vaccination. In addition, all students must meet the immunization requirements as required by the state of Pennsylvania.
Simple measures can be taken to prevent the spread of certain viruses:
Wash hands often and for 20 seconds with regular soap and water.
Avoid touching your face and eyes.
Avoid close contact with those who are sick such as sharing cups and straws, eating utensils, or hugging and kissing.
Cover your cough and sneezes with tissue, or shirt sleeve
Keep children home when sick
It has similar symptoms as the common cold and usually is not severe or fatal. This upper respiratory virus places children at risk who have pre-existing respiratory conditions, are immuno-compromised, or had premature birth. Mild symptoms are fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body aches. Severe symptoms are wheezing when breathing and difficulty breathing.
The Ebola virus is spread by coming in DIRECT contact with the bodily fluids (e.g. blood, urine, feces, vomit, contaminated needles, etc.) of a person that is sick with Ebola. It is NOT spread in the air, water, food, or by casual skin contact. Early symptoms are a fever greater than 101.5 degrees, severe headache, muscle pain and weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. If concerned about these symptoms, contact your medical provider immediately. Many viruses produce symptoms of fever, and or nausea, diarrhea and muscle pain, similar to Ebola. The key difference is recent travel from East Africa and a high fever with abdominal pain.
District policy states that any student with a fever over 100.0 degrees or with active vomiting or diarrhea will be sent home for evaluation and treatment. If any of these symptoms or others described above do not go away, call your medical provider immediately. For additional information, contact your school nurse.