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Monday, January 23, 2017

Health Updates & Notices

Winter Health and Safety Tips

Due to the recent extreme cold weather, Lakeland's school health professionals would like to share some winter health and safety tips with our Lakeland families. Children need extra attention to stay warm, safe and healthy when temperatures drop. Please review the tips provided.

Guidelines for Cold Weather Safety

Winter Safety Tips -

Winter Safety Tips -

Cold Weather Tips - (NYS Department of Health)

Winter Weather Health and Safety Tips - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Frostbite and Hypothermia

ZIKA Virus Information

For information on the Zika Virus- please visit the following websites for the most recent information:


Summer Safety and Health Tips

Guidelines for Cold Weather Safety 

Winter Safety Tips -

Winter Safety Tips -

Cold Weather Tips - (NYS Department of Health)

Winter Weather Health and Safety Tips - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

HEALTH NOTICE: Information about the Enterovirus EV-D68

We wanted to share with you information we have received from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) about the enterovirus.

The NYSDOAH is advising parents and health care providers to be aware of the signs and symptoms of enterovirus EV-D68, a serious respiratory illness. 

EV-D68 is causing cases of severe respiratory (breathing) illness among children and other individuals. Such illness has sometimes resulted in hospitalization, especially among children with asthma.

What are we doing in our schools?

In our schools, we encourage frequent hand washing with soap/water or the use of hand sanitizers and have continued to instruct students and staff about coughing into the sleeve of one's clothing to avoid the spread of disease.

Currently, our custodians disinfect various surfaces twice a day including door knobs and water fountains. This is now part of our daily cleaning in all of our buildings. After school hours, our regular cleaning has been intensified on those surface areas within the classrooms, the cafeteria, and throughout the building.

Symptoms to Look For:

  • Fever, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, and body aches; since EV-D68 has not been commonly reported, other symptoms may also be seen.

How It Is Spread:

  • Enteroviruses are transmitted through close contact with a person who has the virus, or by touching objects or surfaces that have the virus on them and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.

What You Can Do Protect Yourself:

There is no medicine to treat for EV-D68 infections other than management of symptoms. Remind your children to:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
  • Use the same precautions you would use to prevent the spread of influenza.

These prevention steps are especially important for individuals or persons with family members who are infants, or those who have chronic health conditions or compromised immune systems.

What to Do If Your Child Feels Ill:

  • If your child is sick with a runny nose, cough, fever, or aches do not send your child to school.
  • Allow your child to rest and recover at home.
  • Contact your medical provider immediately if your child becomes seriously ill.

Additional Information on EV D68:

While there are more than 100 types of enteroviruses that commonly cause respiratory illness, EV-D68 is a less common type. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with health departments in several states to investigate suspected clusters of respiratory illness.

The NYSDOH is working with the CDC and partnering with local health departments and health care providers to monitor the spread of severe respiratory illnesses in New York. Health care providers have been asked to report clusters or outbreaks of severe respiratory illnesses to their local health department or to NYSDOH. Additionally, NYSDOH has issued a health alert with information and guidance regarding EV-D68 to health care providers across the state.

About Enteroviruses:

  • Enteroviruses are very common viruses; there are more than 100 types.
  • It is estimated that 10 to 15 million enterovirus infections occur in the United States each year.
  • Most infected people have no symptoms or only mild symptoms, but some infections can be serious.
  • Infants, children and teenagers are most likely to become infected with enteroviruses.
  • Most enterovirus infections in the United States occur seasonally during the summer and fall.
  • Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) infections are thought to occur less commonly than infections with other enteroviruses.
  • EV-D68 was first identified in California in 1962. Compared with other enteroviruses, EV-D68 has been rarely reported in the United States.

For Additional Information:

Influenza Season

The NYS Department of Health would like you to know that information regarding influenza and the benefits of influenza immunizations is free and accessible on their website

The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu shot.

What are the symptoms of the flu?

The flu usually starts suddenly and may include these symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults

* It's important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

If your child shows any symptoms of illness:  temperature over 100° and flu-like symptoms (see above), please keep him/her home.  Notify your health care provider if there is no improvement. 

Children may not return to school unless:  

  • They are fever free for 24 hours WITHOUT medication for fever 
  • They have not vomited for 24 hours

During school, if your child is ill and/or found to have flu like symptoms, parents/guardians will be called to pick up student.  Please have updated contact numbers on file.  Emergency contacts should be local and available to pick up students promptly.  When parents call to report an absence, please identify the illness your child is experiencing including symptoms.  Absences should be called in daily by parent/guardian.   

Below are links to websites and guides containing information about the flu and flu shot:

NYS Department of Health Seasonal Flu Guide

CDC Everyday Prevention Guide

NYS Department of Health Flu Fact Sheet

US Department of Health and Human Resources Flu Guidance 


Scoliosis Screening

New York State mandates all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students attending public school be screened for scoliosis. Scoliosis is the abnormal curvature of the spine, and if left untreated, can cause future health problems. Click here to download more information.


Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a contagious bacterial infection that can begin like a common cold, but progresses to severe bouts of coughing followed by a high whoop or crowing sound that can last for weeks or months. It is primarily spread from person to person by direct contact with mucus or droplets from the nose and throat of infected individuals. For the NYS Department of Health Fact sheet on Pertussis please visit:

The Westchester County Department of Health has advised us that the best way to prevent pertussis or whooping cough in your child and others is to be up to date with your vaccinations. We are thus advising that you contact your family physician to check your or your child‘s pertussis vaccine history. The CDC, New York State and Westchester County Departments of Health recommend that all children receive 5 doses of a pertussis-containing vaccine by kindergarten entry, and that all individuals 10 years of age and older, including teachers and staff, receive another booster with a different pertussis-containing vaccine.

NYSDOH has a fact sheet on Pertussis and encourages all adults over 19 years of age who have or who anticipate having close contact with an infant should receive a single dose of Tdap to protect against pertussis and reduce the likelihood of transmission.

Pertussis Fact Sheet, click here.


New York State Health Department: Measles Vaccination Remains Vital to Protecting Against Highly Contagious Disease. Measles case confirmed in Ulster County. For more information, click here.
Head Lice: Children should be checked periodically at home and the school nurse should be called if head lice are found. Call your health care provider for best treatment. Please inform the parents of your child’s playmates so that they can check their children’s head. As a precaution the student’s class will be checked. A note will go home to inform parents of that class.

Lice (Pediculosis) - NYSDOH Fact Sheet

Head Lice Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Lice)


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last updated: 12/15/16