Welcome Back!

WELCOME BACK!!!!  I hope everyone had a relaxing, fun-filled summer break!!

Every now and then, illness strikes, and it can interrupt our learning. Here are a few reminders that will help us, and those around us, stay healthy and in school.

Get Plenty of Sleep! While there is no magical number of hours required for any one person to sleep, it is very important to your child’s well-being and effective learning to get enough shut eye. It has been shown that without enough sleep children have decreased attentiveness, decreased short-term memory, and negative behavior.

Eat a Nutritious Breakfast! It’s the most important meal of the day! It can be a challenge on those mornings when you’re running late, but the effort made in making sure your child gets a good breakfast will pay off in your child’ day. He/she will feel better and be more productive in his/her school day.

Wash Your Hands! Good hand washing is the first line of defense against many illnesses. Please encourage your child to wash their hands for 10 to 15 seconds with soap and warm water throughout their day, especially before eating, after using the bathroom, and after blowing their nose or sneezing.

If your child is showing symptoms of not feeling well, i.e., low-grade fever, persistent cough, thick runny nose, nausea, diarrhea, please don’t send them to school. They must be fever free, without fever-reducing medications, for 24 hours before returning to school. Sending a child to school with any symptoms of a contagious illness puts other children and teachers at risk of getting sick. If all parents keep their sick children at home, we will have stronger, healthier and happier children and teachers.

Please visit the Student Health Services page on the Cobb County School District’s web site (www.cobbk12.org). The link to this page is located on the left hand side of the main page under General Information. The Student Health Services page has links to CCSD medication forms, clinic cards, and answers to frequently asked questions. Located at the top of the page, be sure to review Rule JLC-6: Is My Student Well Enough to go to School? These are just some of the Cobb County rules that will govern the way in which the clinic is run.

My wish for all of the Due West students and staff is a happy and healthy school year full of learning and growing. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. As always, I look forward to taking care of your children.

Suzanne Funk



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