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Hello!
I am excited to work with you and your student(s) this year. I will update this page throughout the year with information pertinent to your student and school. Please call or email if you have any concerns or questions.
Thank you for sharing your child with me!
Megan
 
Wyoming is seeing a high level of influenza right now. The Wyoming Department of Health issued this statement on 1/30: 
 
Key points:
1. Influenza is a contagious, respiratory illness caused by a virus. Symptoms include fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose and muscle aches.
2. H3N2 is the flu strain circulating around the state and nation. This strain is associated with higher rates of hospital admissions and death, especially among older adults and young children. 
3“Vaccines are the most important tool available to help prevent influenza and we know this season’s vaccine includes the strain circulating in Wyoming,”
4. Covering your mouth and nose with your sleeve or a tissue when you sneeze and cough; frequently washing your hands; and staying home from work, school, day care and errands when you are ill can help stop the spread of influenza
5. Doctors can prescribe an antiviral medication to help with the symptoms but it will not get rid of the illness. This can be helpful for people that are high risk for complications such as young children, adults 65 and older, persons with chronic medical conditions, persons with challenged immune systems, women who are pregnant or soon after delivery, persons less than 19 years of age who are on long-term aspirin therapy for other conditions, those who are extremely overweight, and residents of nursing homes or other chronic-care facilities
 
Help us keep our students and staff healthy.
Flu and cold season is here! Please remember that students need to stay home if they have excessive coughing/runny nose/sneezing, a rash that hasn't been cleared by their Dr.,  fever (greater than 100 F), vomiting, and/or diarrhea. They should remain at home until they have been symptom free (without medicine) for 24 hours.
 
Tips to stay healthy...
Wash hands frequently
Cover mouth when coughing or sneezing
Stay home if you have excessive coughing, sneezing or nasal secretions
Drink plenty of water
Get plenty of rest
 
Dressing for the weather
Students need to come to school with appropriate clothing for the weather. It has been very cold out so all students should be coming with a warm coat, gloves, hat, boots and snow pants. If you are having trouble providing these items for your student please let me or another staff member know so we can help get them the appropriate clothing. Students will stay inside for recess if it is below 0 according to weatherbug.com
 
Cold vs Flu
Cold                                                           Flu
Gradual onset of symptoms                       Sudden onset of symptoms
Runny/stuffy nose                                      Tend be the same symptoms as a cold but more severe
Cough                                                        Extremely tired
Low grade fever                                         Body aches/headache  
Sore throat                                                 Fever/chills
 
The flu can cause complications that may require hospitalization. Have your child seen by their pediatrician if they are experiencing these symptoms or worrying you.
 
Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion: