Parents please be aware
Dear JSTEM Parents,
This information is to make parents aware of a new fad among young teens and children even in elementary schools. Students are bringing “Smarties” to school and they are smoking them and/or snorting them. This can cause serious problems for your students and your student’s health and safety is the up most priority for us here at JSTEM/JMS.
We are asking all parents to please talk with your children and ask them about this problem. Most of your students are willing to tell you everything they know about this. Please help us to help your students understand the dangers involved with these actions.
As always, students come back to school and they are enclosed in a classroom most of the time and it is very easy for them to pass any ailments they may have to every other student in the class. This is the time of year for allergies, colds and unfortunately the “FLU” as well. If you want to get the flu vaccine, this is the time to do it. Parents please be aware that there always seems to be a virus going around the schools.
General information about the flu shots: you can NOT get the flu from the shot. I know you hear that someone received the shot or flu mist and then they got the flu. Once you receive the flu shot, it will take 10-14 days for your body to build up the immunity against the flu. If you are exposed to the flu during that time, then yes you can get the flu. Please remember the flu shot/mist will not always prevent you from getting the flu, but it will keep you from having a full blown case of the flu.
- When coughing or sneezing, turn your head away and down, then cough into your elbow.
- Wash your hands frequently and especially after using the restroom or blowing your nose.
- If you are running a temperature of 100.0 or greater, you will need to stay home until the fever is gone for 24 hours without using Tylenol or Motrin. Remember most students don’t want to miss school and if you come to school sick, you have already spread it to 20-25 people.
- Get a good night’s sleep. This is the time your body recuperates and fights off the germs.
If you have any questions or need further information, please do not hesitate to contact Nurse Linda Wells in the clinic at 210-357-0801 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.