Fighting the Flu at Christian Academy

With this time of year, come snowy days, colder temperatures, and unfortunately, sickness. This year the flu has been particularly hard on our student population, as well as our faculty and staff.

Julie Cain, nurse at the English Station campus, reminds, “The biggest thing is, I think, not to miss is our policy for students to be fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications. This helps with exposure in the classroom.”

Please remember the Christian Academy policy regarding illness:

Students must be fever free (less than 100º, unmedicated) and diarrhea/vomiting free for 24 hours before returning to school. Unmedicated means that no drugs such as Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or Acetaminophen (Tylenol) have been given to the child. Students who return to school after having had a documented fever or vomiting/diarrhea in the previous 24 hours or have been ill with the same at home in the previous 24 hours, will be sent home.

While we cannot provide a germ-free environment for our students, it is important that we maintain a healthy environment that does not facilitate undue exposure.

“As with any illness, it is important to be diligent with hand washing,” Linda Driver, nurse at the Indiana campus, said. “Try singing the happy birthday song to yourself, twice, using soap and water.”

If you are sick with flu-like illness, the CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to get medical care or for other necessities (CDC Website).

More information regarding the flu and steps you can take to prevent and fight the flu may be found at the CDC Website.

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