Dear Parent or Guardian:
The peak of the cold and flu season is upon us. To prevent widespread flu in the school, we recommend that your child stay home from school if experiencing flu or cold symptoms. To decide whether or not to send your child to school, please consider the following guidelines:
Consider keeping your child at home for an extra day of rest and observation if he or she has any of the following symptoms:
Very stuffy or runny nose and/or cough
Mild sore throat (no fever, no known exposure to strep)
Mild stomach ache
Definitely keep your child at home for treatment and observation if he or she has any of these symptoms:
Fever (greater than 100 degrees by mouth and your child may return to school only after his or her temperature has been consistently below 100 degrees, by mouth, for a minimum of 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications)
Vomiting (even once)
General malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches
Frequent, congested (wet), or croupy cough
Lots of nasal congestion with frequent blowing of nose
To help prevent the flu and other colds, teach your children good hygiene habits:
Wash hands frequently
Do not touch eyes, nose, or mouth
Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing; use a paper tissue, throw it away, and then wash hands
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Colds are the most contagious during the first 48 hours. A child who has a fever should remain at home until "fever free" for a minimum of 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications. A child who has started antibiotics needs to be on the medication for 48 hours before considered non-contagious and able to return to school. Often when a child awakens with vague complaints (the way colds and flu begin) it is wise to observe your child at home for an hour or two before deciding whether or not to bring to school. Your child should be physically able to participate in all school activities on return to school. Keeping a sick child at home will minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom.
Thank you in advance for helping make this year at school as healthy as possible.
Lynne Borg, Principal
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Welcome to McDowell...
We are so happy to have you at McDowell Elementary school! We serve approximately 340 students in grades K-5. Thank you for choosing our school as the building block of your child’s education. I am proud to say that we have a wonderful, highly qualified staff. They take great care in providing a balanced curriculum, which incorporates the academic, social, and emotional well-being of each student. You have begun a great partnership between home and school that allows your student to grow and develop as a learner.
We also have a full time Learning Coach who is a specialist in teaching and learning strategies, able to support any subject area and all staff in our building.
Discipline at McDowell is proactive. All classrooms participate in the PBIS-Positive Behavior Incentive Support grant through Wayne RESA. The proactive approach to behavior involves expectations in the classroom as well as throughout the building to Be Safe, Be Responsible, and Be Respectful. Every day is a fresh start where students are provided opportunities to make good choices and follow expectations.
Families have opportunities to volunteer in the classroom and chaperone field trips. If you are interested, you may fill out a request to volunteer in the main office. Please consider joining the PTA which works to provide materials and special activities for students.
You are your child’s most valuable resource. I look forward to partnering with you to advance your child’s learning. Please contact me with any questions or concerns.
Lynne Borg, Principal
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