Greetings from the Lower School

January 24, 2019

Heartfelt Greetings~
When you are surrounded by 204 children under the age of 11, you are exposed to A LOT of germs! During these upcoming months, I find myself washing my hands and reminding every child and adult I come into contact with to do the same! We do our best to keep kids and staff healthy and at school. Below you will find a note from our nurse, Sue Gibbons, with some helpful reminders to keep our students healthy and happy!

We have reached the time of year when I am seeing sick children from a variety of causes; flu, strep throat, and GI illnesses. I want to share a few reminders to help keep all our Lower School children healthy.

From the Lower School Handbook
If you have any doubts about the state of your student's health on the morning of a school day, KEEP YOUR STUDENT AT HOME. We will ask you to come to get your student if he/she is unable to participate in our regular program because of illness. Frequent coughing, nasal discharge, diarrhea, vomiting, and/or elevated temperature are reasons to keep your student at home. In the event of sickness with fever, students should not return to school until they have been fever-free for 24 hours.

I want to clarify the last sentence. Your child should be fever-free for 24 hours without medication.

-If you feel you need to medicate your child before school so they can "get through the day," please don't send them to school.

-If you tell your child that you will pick them up if they don't feel well, they will almost always need to go home. If I encourage your child to stay, their first words to me will be, "my Mom/Dad said they would pick me up if I don't feel good." If you don't think they will be able to make it through the day, it is better to keep them home.

I know what it is like to be a working parent and have a sick child. It's difficult; you have to make other plans to keep your child home and possibly miss work. Just remember that if you send your child to school and they are truly ill, they are exposing more children who may then become sick.

Most importantly, please encourage your child to wash their hands. For young children, it is a good idea to supervise their handwashing, so you know they are doing it correctly.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email or call at (910) 692-6920 x163.
Chuckles: (or funny things these kids say!) Names excluded to protect the innocent! 
Kindergarten girl: "I ate so much food. I need a drink of water."
Kindergarten boy: “You need to poop.”
Educationally Yours,
Angie Manning

The O’Neal Parents’ Association is hosting a Parents Night Out in February! Click for more information.



Feb. 11th 8:30 - 9:30 AM Love and Logic Session 1: Putting an End to Arguing, Back Talk, and Begging - Lower School Atrium
Feb. 11th 3:30 - 4:30 PM Love and Logic Session 1: Putting an End to Arguing, Back Talk, and Begging - Lower School Atrium
Feb. 14th No School — Professional Development Day for Staff
Feb 17th No School — President's Day
Feb 19th PA Parent’s Night Out
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