Children should be symptom free before returning to school

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The “flu bug” has hit area schools, and school nurse Kari Evans is urging parents to make sure they keep sick children home from school long enough.

Evans explained that children should be fever-free without medication for at least 24 hours and should also be symptom-free of vomiting and diarrhea for 24 hours before being allowed to return to school.

Sibley County was reported as having an influenza outbreak recently due to the number of absences doubling at Immanuel Lutheran School in Gaylord. According to Evans, on Thursday, January 17, 11 students from Immanuel were absent, Evans said, while normally there are none or one student absent. She is required to report to the Department of Health when the number of absences double. Stomach flu symptoms were reported there. The school chose to cancel classes January 18.

Both Sibley East school campuses have had a rash of stomach aches, fevers, and strep throat since Christmas break, Evans said. She reported that she saw more than 50 students Monday at the Gaylord campus.

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