WCPSS wants all of our students and employees to practice healthy habits as we enter cold and flu season. Students, staff members and families are encouraged to consider the following in their daily routines:
Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue, throw it away and wash hands.
- If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
Clean hands often
- Wash with soap and water.
- Scrub all surfaces for 15 to 20 seconds.
- When soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand wipes or gel sanitizers may be used.
- When using a gel or wipe, rub until hands or wipes are dry.
Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.
Not feeling well?
Students and staff are encouraged to stay home when sick. If students become sick at school, parents will be called to come immediately.
Stay home if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Fever of 100 degrees F or higher (Stay home until you have been without fever (without taking fever reducing medication) for at least 24 hours
- Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea (Stay home until you have been without vomiting or diarrhea for 12 hours)
- Severe headache
- Red, watery eyes with yellow discharge
- Undiagnosed rash
- Inability to attend to learning activities
- Change in usual medical status
More facts and how-to Ideas
For questions regarding when to notify parent/guardian(s) of sick students please refer to your school’s “NC Emergency Guidelines for Schools” manual or the WCPSS website.
Colds, Flu, Virus Information for parents may be found on the WCPSS website: