With the cold and flu season in high gear, SJS nurses, Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Westerkamp, would like to offer school families information and advice.

SICK CALLS: When your child is absent due to illness, you must call the St. James Absence Line at 224-345-7146.  Be sure to give us the name of your child, their homeroom, and most importantly report specific symptoms of the sickness.  The Health Office documents illness trends at St. James School.

INFLUENZA:  We are pleased to report that the St. James School influenza rate is well below the state average. Only 4 confirmed cases of influenza have been reported to the Health Office this school year. On average, we have 8 students out daily due to illness.  These are great statistics and in order to maintain these numbers, we must continue to practice diligent flu prevention.

FLU PREVENTION:  Flu prevention is simple…..(4 steps)

  1. Flu Shot……Everyone over the age of 6 months should receive a flu shot (it is not too late).
  2. Hand Washing….The preferred method is soap and water. If this is not available, a cleaning wipe should then be used. When the above two methods are not available, a hand sanitizer may be used.
  3. Respiratory Etiquette…. Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing preferably using a tissue if available. Another method is by coughing/sneezing into your elbow or into the inside of your shirt.
  4. Recovery……Please keep your child at home if his/her temperature is 99.4 or greater. Your child may return to school if they have been fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication.

ENVIRONMENTAL:  Flu viruses are relatively fragile, so standard cleaning and disinfecting practices are sufficient to remove or kill them.  We need to thank our classroom teachers, support staff, and the maintenance department for their diligence in keeping our school clean.

Lastly, we would like to remind families to take the time to reinforce proper hand washing and respiratory etiquette with your children on a regular basis.