Dear Winnona Park families,
There are several things you can do at home to help prevent illness and keep everyone feeling healthy. Here
are some tips to remember:
- WASH, WASH, WASH YOUR HANDS! This is still the best defense against illness.
Encourage your children to wash, especially before meals. To ensure they are taking
enough time to adequately kill germs, have them sing the ABC song while scrubbing.
- Get plenty of rest. School age children should get 9-11 hours of sleep each night.
Grownups should try to get eight hours.
- Drink lots of fluids and eat a balanced diet - especially breakfast! I do see a fair
number of children with stomachaches and/or headaches due to hunger and dehydration. Please send your child in with a water bottle.
- Dress appropriately for cold weather. Layers are often best so they can be
comfortable as the temps rise throughout the day. Even in cool weather, students
need the exercise and fresh air during recess.
Unfortunately, even with the best care, a virus can make us sick. Cold symptoms are best relieved
with rest and fluids. If symptoms are mild, the child is fever-free and has energy to get through the
day, they are welcome at school. Flu symptoms are usually more severe, rapid in onset and include
fever, body aches and significant fatigue.
For detailed information of when to leave your child at home, please see our Sick Policy.
Thank you for your cooperation,
I am Nurse Jen (Jen Eagle) and I am so excited to be starting my 2nd year working at Winnona Park. I am originally from Chicago (Go Bears!) and moved to Decatur 19 years ago. I have four children in the city schools of Decatur.
Please feel free to contact me anytime with questions or concerns.