Keeping Your Student Healthy

  • Dear Talley Tiger Families:

    There are several things you can do at home to keep everyone 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 with soap, especially before meals. To ensure they are
      taking enough time to adequately kill germs, have them sing the ABC song while
    • Get plenty of rest. School age children should be getting 9-11 hours of sleep each night.
    • Drink plenty of fluids and eat a well-balanced diet-especially breakfast! I do see a fair
      number of children with stomachaches and/or headaches due to hunger. Also, children
      get thirsty during the day- please send your child to school with a water bottle. Talley has
      delicious, pure refill fountains.
    • Dress appropriately for cold weather. Layers are often best so they can be comfortable
      as the temperatures rise throughout the day. Even in cool weather, students need exercise
      and fresh air during recess.
    • When the inevitable common cold strikes, symptoms are best relieved with rest and
      fluids. If symptoms are mild, the child is fever-free and has the energy to get through the
      day, they are welcome at school. Flu symptoms are 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!
    Nurse Stacey

About Nurse Hughes

  • My name is Stacey Hughes and I am the new nurse at Talley Street Elementary. I have been working with children for the past 30 years, first as a public school teacher and then as a nurse and pediatric nurse practitioner. I have two daughters who have attended
    school in Decatur for the past 14 years. I absolutely love being a school nurse because I get to help children stay healthy and stay in school so they can learn. Please reach out to me if there is anything I can do to help your student. I am available by email at or by calling 470-283-7340, ext. 3004.

Nurse Hughes