Some of the most common offenders in schools and daycare centers for illness are colds, norovirus (otherwise known as the stomach flu), influenza and a handful of other ailments. One of the most important things to remember for both your children and the other children in the facility is that if your child is ill then keep them at home. There are some great tips on preventing illness on HealthyChildren.org.
For Schools and Daycare facilities an outbreak of any of these conditions can be a challenge. This is particularly true because it can be difficult to decontaminate all of the surfaces once contaminated. Norovirus can make this particularly challenging. The EPA has a list of cleaners certified to kill norovirus that is available for reference by clicking here.
The CDC also has valuable information for the prevention of norovirus and influenza.
A great tool for schools and day cares regarding illness is this chart which covers details about how long to keep a child home based on illness type as well as illness signs and symptoms and methods of prevention.
Do not hesitate to contact us at the Bell County Public Health District for any questions or concerns.