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, especially before meals. To ensure they are taking enough time to adequetely kill germs, have them sing the ABC song while scrubbing.


    *Get plenty of rest. School age children should be getting 9-11 hours of sleep each night. Grown-ups should try to get 8 hours.


    *Drink lots 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 and dehydration. Please send your child to school with a water bottle.


    *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.


    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 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 Beth

About Nurse Beth

  • My name is Beth Barrington and I am so excited to be the nurse at Talley Elementary for the opening school year! I have lived in Decatur for the last 13 years and I have 2 children in the school system, including a fourth grader at Talley. In over 20 years as a nurse, I have worked primarily in pediatrics in a variety of settings including primary care, urgent care and PICU (pediatric intensive care). My main goal this year is to keep students as healthy as can be so they can fully participate in learning at school. I look forward to building relationships with students, parents and staff. Please feel free to contact me anytime at or 470-283-7340, ext 3004.