HCA Nut Policy
No nuts or nut products are permitted in Preschool. Nuts are generally allowed in Elementary and Junior High, but you must check with the teacher to sure before sending any.
Our school nurse, Juliet Murphy is happy to answer any health or flu questions you have. She remains up-to-date on all CDC and Washington State Department of Health communications and will guide you to accurate information.
- see Family Resources
- When to keep your child home
- Get information and practical advice at www.flu.gov
- Washington State Department of Health
As you may know, flu can be easily spread from person to person. Therefore, we are taking steps to reduce the spread of flu at Heritage Christian Academy. We want to keep the school open to students and functioning in a normal manner during this flu season. We need your help to do this.
We are working closely with the appropriate health agencies to monitor flu conditions and make decisions about the best steps to take concerning schools. We will keep you updated with new information as it becomes available.
If the flu becomes more severe, we may take additional steps to prevent the spread such as:
- Conducting active fever and flu symptom screening of students and staff as they arrive at school
- Making changes to increase the space between people such as moving desks farther apart and postponing class trips
- Dismissing students from school for at least 7 days if they become sick
For now we are doing everything we can to keep our school functioning as usual. Here are a few things you can do to help.
- Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. You can set a good example by doing this yourself.
- Teach your children not to share personal items like drinks, food or unwashed utensils, and to cover their coughs and sneezes with tissues. They should cover coughs or sneezes using the elbow, arm or sleeve instead of the hand when a tissue is unavailable.
- Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. Symptoms of the flu include
- fever (100º or greater)
- sore throat
- a runny or stuffy nose
- body aches
- feeling very tired
- Some people may also vomit or have diarrhea.
- Keep sick children at home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have fever or do not have signs of fever, without using fever-reducing drugs. Keeping children with a fever at home will reduce the number of people who may get infected.
- Do not send children to school if they are sick. Any children who are determined to be sick while at school will be sent home.
For more information, see the additional attachment, visit www.flu.gov, or call 1-800-CDC-INFO for the most current information about the flu. We will notify you of any additional changes to our school's strategy to prevent the spread of flu.