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Stop the Spread of Illness

The Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District asks for the community's help in reducing the spread of illness in Midlakes schools. Please remember the following guidelines:

  • Keep your child home if he/she has had a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea within the last 24 hours.
  • Help us teach kids about the importance of handwashing, and that handwashing is the best way to prevent the spread of any illness.
  • Remember to update a child’s phone contacts if there are any changes during the year. District staff need to be able to reach parents or legal guardians in the case of an emergency or illness.
  • Be sure to call your child’s school nurse in the morning to report and state the reason for any absence. A written excuse MUST also be given when the child returns to school.
  • Contact your child’s doctor or Ontario County Public Health at (800) 299-2995 regarding a flu vaccination.

Children should NOT be sent to school if:

  • They have a temperature over 100.5 degrees.
  • They have vomited at any time in the last 24 hours.
  • They have had diarrhea any time in the last 24 hours.
  • They have started antibiotics within the last 24 hours.
  • They have red eyes with thick or crusty drainage.
  • They have open sores that are red and draining.

Keep your child home from school until he/she has gone a FULL 24 hours:

  • Without a fever (this is without the help of Tylenol or Ibuprofen).
  • Without having any diarrhea.
  • Without any vomiting.
  • On antibiotics (if they are prescribed for a contagious condition).

We rely heavily on parents’ good judgment about sending a child to school. Parents should use your best judgment before sending a child to school with:

  • A green runny nose; red and itchy/painful eyes.
  • A persistent cough.
  • A low-grade fever (under 100.5, but above 99).
  • Any persistent complaints that the child does not feel well.
  • A persistent sore throat.
  • An open sore that is red or draining.

Schools are doing their part to stop the spread of illness by:

  • Reminding kids to wash their hands after using the bathroom, after coughing or sneezing, before eating, and any time they may be dirty.
  • Reminding kids to cover their coughs and sneezes.
  • Keeping all open wounds covered with a bandage.

If your child has presented to the School Nurse with the following symptoms: 

  • Fever, Chills, Cough, Shortness of Breath, Fatigue, Loss of Taste or Smell, Sore Throat, Nasal Congestion, Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea.
  • Contact your student’s health care provider as soon as possible for guidance and if any symptoms become worse, call 911.