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Remember: Wash hands, cover sneezes & stay home when sick

CASTLE ROCK - Back to school often marks the beginning of the cold and flu season in our schools. With recent media coverage regarding viral meningitis at a Douglas County School District school, and two more parent-reported possible cases this week, we would like to remind everyone in District to keep three simple steps in mind to prevent illness of all types:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Cover your cough or sneezes
  • Stay home when you are sick

We understand that any mention of “meningitis” may cause concern, but please know that viral meningitis is far less serious than bacterial meningitis. In addition, people who are around someone with viral meningitis can become infected with the virus that actually made the person sick (like the enterovirus or influenza), but most people are not likely to get viral meningitis from a person with viral meningitis.  Please work with your school nurse and/or healthcare professional regarding any specific questions or concerns you might have related to your child’s unique needs.

As always, we ask parents to keep students home if they are feeling ill and are exhibiting any of the following symptoms: 

  • Nausea / vomiting / diarrhea
  • Severe abdominal pain or headache
  • Fever of 100 degrees or higher
  • Sore throat / swollen glands
  • Runny nose or cough not associated with allergies


After illness, when can a student return to school?

1. After completing 24 hours of medication for the following conditions:

  • Strep throat
  • Infected skin eruptions
  • Other conditions requiring antibiotics

2. The student has been free of the following conditions for at least 24 hours:

  • Fever without use of medication, such as Tylenol
  • Eye drainage

3. The student has been free of the following conditions for at least 48 hours:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting

For more information about DCSD's Attendance Policy:

August 19, 2015 | By rmbarber | Category: District, Health Wellness and Prevention, Nursing Services

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