Dear SJB Families,

As the spread of COVID-19 (the Coronavirus) continues, we have plans in place for prevention at St. John's.

Since we are in the middle of the flu season, much is already in place to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. However, we will be...

1. Providing more hand sanitizer to be used throughout the building.
2. Posting more hand washing reminder posters.
3. Reviewing handwashing and the prevention of spreading germs with our children.
4. Updating you regarding any cases within the building.
5. Following all recommendations put forth by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Education.

Teachers will show two videos this week to our students to remind them of the importance of handwashing and other good prevention practices. The first video is for grades Preschool-Grade 3, here is a link to that video Handwashing Review. This video, regarding the Coronavirus, will be used with grades 4-6. Coronavirus Video Link.

You play a very important role too. Please monitor your children and remember the guideline for keeping them home.

Guidelines for Returning to School Following Illness

Fever (Temperature over 100 degrees):  Your child may return to school after he/she has been FEVER FREE FOR 24 HOURS without taking Tylenol, Ibuprofen or other fever-reducing medication.  It is important that children do not come to school with a fever.

Vomiting:  It is recommended that your child stay home for 24 hours after his / her last episode of vomiting. If vomiting is due to a recurring problem such as milk intolerance or strong gag reflex, please let the school office know so we may better assess your child.

Rashes:  Unexplained rashes need to be evaluated by a doctor to determine whether the rash is contagious.  If treatment is started, please refer to the guidelines for the specific rash for returning to school.

Pink Eye:  Your child may return to school after he/she has been on antibiotic eye drops for 24 hours or your doctor has determined he/she is no longer contagious.  This includes no mattering or drainage from the infected eye.

Diarrhea:  Please keep your child home for 24 hours after his / her last occurrence of diarrhea.

Head Lice:  Your child may return to school when he/she does not have live lice.  It is recommended you remove nits for two weeks after initial treatment as traditional lice shampoos only kill live lice and not their eggs.  Eggs left on hair may hatch into live lice.

Strep Throat:  Children may return to school 24 hours after beginning treatment with antibiotics if they are fever free and are feeling well enough to come to school.

Chicken Pox:  Child may return to school after all blisters have dried into scabs.  This usually happens by day six (6) after the rash started.

Scabies:  May return to school 24 hours after treatment begins.

Ringworm:  May return to school once treatment has started and as long as the lesion is completely covered while in school.  If unable to completely cover lesion, then he/she may return to school 24 hours after starting treatment.

Cold Sores (Herpes):
  If it is the first infection, your child must stay home until the sore is healed.  If it is a recurring infection, he/she may attend school with active sores.

Strep rash:  
May return to school 24 hours after antibiotic treatment begins.

Fifths Disease (Parvovirus):
  May return to school as long as he/she is fever-free.

Noncommunicable Rashes (Contact dermatitis, allergy, eczema, psoriasis):  Please provide documentation by a physician of these skin conditions.  This will help us better assess your child and prevent unnecessary phone calls if a rash appears during the school day.

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease:  Your child may return to school as long as he/she does not have a fever. Sores or rash may still be present.

Influenza:  Your child may return to school when the fever is gone and he/she is healthy enough to participate in routine activities.

Whooping Cough (Pertussis):  Scott County Department of Health recommends if your child has symptoms of whooping cough and is tested for pertussis, he/she should stay home until it is determined if the test is positive or negative.  The test takes up to 3 days to complete.  If the test is positive, students must stay home until the 5-day course of antibiotics is completed.  If the test is negative, students may return to school as long as he/she is fever-free

Thank you for your help! Please pray for those that are sick, and for the prevention of further infection!

Courtney Bierlein, Ed. S. 
St. John the Baptist School
Jordan, Minnesota

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