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 With flu season upon us, it is important that we work together to keep our children healthy.  Viruses spread easily among children in schools, and families with school age children have more infections than others.  Influenza ("Flu") is a contagious disease which spreads from person to person through water droplets when a person coughs or sneezes.  Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between the flu and a cold.  Some of the symptoms are the same; runny nose, cough, and sore throat.  But the flu tends to be worse.  It can cause body aches, headaches, chills, and fever.  Influenza can lead to pneumonia and can be dangerous for people with heart or breathing conditions.  It can cause high fever and seizures in children.  People at higher risk for getting the flu are the elderly, the very young, those with a weakened immune system, and women who are pregnant.


Getting an Influenza Vaccine can prevent getting Influenza.  The best time to get the vaccine is in the fall months.  The flu season usually peaks in February, but it can peak anytime from November through May.  So getting the vaccine now can be beneficial.


Prevent getting the flu by avoiding close contact with people who are coughing or sneezing. Wash your hands with soap and water often throughout the day and keep your hands away from your face. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue and then wash your hands or cough or sneeze into your elbow to avoid getting others around you sick.


Parents: Please keep your students home if they have a fever, chills, coughing, sneezing, nausea or vomiting.  A general rule of thumb is to keep them home for 24 hours after a fever breaks or from the last time they vomited.


If your child is prescribed medications that need to be given during school hours please stop by the office and ask for an authorization to administer medication form. This includes all over the counter medications as well as cough drops and throat lozenges. 


Medication at School

Medication forms must be completed in order for students to take medication at school. 

The parent or legal guardian of any pupil on a continuing medication regimen for a non-episodic condition must inform the school nurse or school principal of the medication being taken, the current dosage, and the name of the supervising physician.

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Toni McCallum, RN  

Department Chair,

Padan Elementary School,

Alamo Elementary School


Betty Ann Tracas, RN

Vaca Pena Middle School,

Callison Elementary School,

Sierra Vista K-8 School,

Orchard Elementary School


Tammy Jee, RN

Vacaville High School,


Hemlock Elementary School


Janet Sisco, RN

Will C. Wood High School,

Fairmont Elementary School,

Cooper Elementary School


Emily Ascher, RN

Jepson Middle School,

Browns Valley Elementary School,

Markham Elementary School


Julie Glade, RN

Buckingham Magnet Charter High School,

Country High School,

Ernest Kimme Charter Academy

Lori Furtado, Secretary