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Important Information for Parents

COVID UPDATE

This message is to inform you that SC-DHEC has revised their school exclusion requirement related to COVID-19 in response to the CDC’s March 2024 updated guidance.

SC-DHEC no longer requires a five day isolation period for students and staff who test positive for COVID-19. COVID-19 cases will be treated like all other respiratory illnesses and we will use fever guidelines for exclusion from school.

As a reminder, anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or higher or temp of 100 with a sore throat and/or cough should stay home until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications such as acetaminophen (tylenol) or ibuprofen (motrin, advil).

In order to return, a parent note or staff statement that fever has resolved for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications and symptoms are significantly improving will be required.

For more information visit: https://scdhec.gov/health/child-teen-health/school-exclusion

FLU Related

Key Facts About Influenza (Flu) - https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/keyfacts.htm

Staff and Student FLU Protocol - https://scdhec.gov/flu-schools-child-care-centers#:~:text=Follow%20the%20DHEC%20exclusion%20criteria,use%20of%20fever%20reducing%20medications.

Take Steps to Stay Healthy During the Holidays - https://m.emailupdates.cdc.gov/rest/head/mirrorPage/@bH2cAjnq1lfyc22ejWn4ZjYI3N0qc7ID_6JRjtdIE5XepbE3xIDt0m0ZavMZqyF70GMicPpEzctqAFiUOpeMLPpZQDCygLt2p_HqssgSs9e4YuDu.html

FLU specific information with video - https://scdhec.gov/health/flu

Vaccine Information

Everyone 6 months and older is eligible for safe and effective COVID, flu, and RSV vaccines. As we move into cooler weather,  and are indoors more, these viruses will spread amongst the community and school population. Please discuss getting these preventive vaccines for your child/children with your healthcare provider. 

For additional information and resources, please explore the below links: 

Parent Forms - this link takes you the various parent forms dealing with medications, anything health, etc.

School Exclusion List/DHEC - (Updated Nov. 23) Parents should refer to the DHEC school exclusion for childcare and school age children for guidance on when to stay home from school and criteria to return.

Communicable/Infectious Diseases and Conditions - Board policy pertaining to lice, bed bugs, etc.

Student Health - information regarding vaccines, when they are sick, well child visits, etc.