Tuesday, October 13th, 2020
Based on today’s attendance, the cold and flu season is well upon us all. Thank you to all our families for taking the realities of unforeseen illness seriously and following the protocols.
The overarching protocol is that no one goes to school when they are sick. They have to be healthy to be at school. This is a judgement call and we are glad you are taking that one seriously. If a child wakes up with a stuffy nose or diarrhea or a headache or whatever symptom, then they are not well. If it doesn’t resolve itself within 24 hours, call 811. If it does resolve itself and they are healthy, then they can come to school.
Please take the step of following up with your health practitioner or calling 811 to seek their guidance. It is understandable how we can all shift our mindset into making the determination ourselves that it is “just a cold or flu”. It is important at this time that we remain diligent with following the guidance of our health care professionals by following up with a COVID-19 test if it is required. As a staff, we are doing the same. We recognize this can be frustrating as the time to get a test is noticeably longer than it was earlier in September. Testing is recommended for anyone, including children of any age, with cold, flu, or COVID-19-like symptoms, even mild ones.
From the BCCDC Public Schools document: If symptoms include fever, or if after 24 hours symptoms remain unchanged or worsen, seek a health assessment. A health assessment can include calling 8-1-1, a primary care provider like a physician or nurse practitioner, or going to a COVID-19 testing center.
Testing Center Contacts:
In Nelson - 250-551-7500
In Creston - 250-254-2055
We need to remember that by keeping ourselves or our children home when sick, ultimately improves the health and care of the entire Wildflower community. There are ripples as more children miss school due to sickness and/or staff members become sick. We can limit the transference of illness, not just of COVID-19, but also other illnesses by staying home when sick, following good hygiene, physically distancing, etc. If we all focus on taking care of our health and sustaining healthy habits, the whole Wildflower community benefits.
Many thanks for everyone's efforts, patience, and understanding.