Helpful Hints for Cold and Flu Season

It’s that time of year when we start to see colds and flu making an appearance.  We have been getting phone calls regarding when to send children to school and when to keep them home.  Our nurse, Jessica Gearin, though it would helpful to share the district guidelines with you.


Below please find a few guidelines for you to follow when your child becomes sick. These guide lines can be helpful when deciding whether or not to keep your child home from school. They have been put in place to ensure the health and well being of all Burlington students and staff.

 Red Light Symptoms: Children don’t attend school! Fever (100 or higher), diarrhea, vomiting, and sore throats (sore throats could be strep which is highly contagious). These are the big four to keep your child at home. Children need to free from these symptoms for 24 hours before returning to school. Also, if a child is taking an antibiotic they need to be on it for a full 24 hours before returning to school. If your child has any type of flu symptoms, fever, chills, low energy, please keep them home from school.

 Yellow Light Symptoms: Children could or couldn’t attend school, you need to use your best judgment. If your child has cold symptoms and you feel they should go to the doctor, please keep them home from school. If your child has a runny nose that is green and thick and a hacking cough,they should stay home. If your child has a bad cold, has no energy and requires any type of medicine to get through the day, they should probably stay home: Remember children are not available to learn if they aren’t feeling well.

 Green Light Symptoms: Children can attend school. Your child has allergies and has a clear runny nose or cough. Your child has been sick but has been symptom free or on antibiotics for 24 hours.

We request that you call your child in sick if they are going to miss school at 781-270-1808. Please include in your message what is wrong with your child. This is helpful for us to track different types of colds, viruses and infections going around.


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