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Parent Teacher Conference / October 18, 2018
Parent-teacher conference will be held tonight from 3:30 PM-6:30 PM. We look forward to seeing you.
Red Ribbon Week - October 22-28
Bells Elementary is getting ready for Red Ribbon Week 2018! Next week, we will engage in activities that promote a drug free and healthy lifestyle. We will celebrate the importance of leading a drug-free life by observing the following ‘spirit’ days during the week of October 22-26, 2018.
Monday: Lei off drugs and alcohol! Students may wear tropical/beach attire.

Tuesday: Sleep is good, drugs are not! Students may wear pajamas.
Wednesday: It’s my job to be drug free! Students may dress up like the career they want.
Thursday: FAFSA college frenzy! Students may wear college attire to share in this big college day process.*
Friday: Be bold in Black and Gold! Students may wear black, gold or any school shirts and boldly stand together!

*The FAFSA Frenzy campaign’s goal has been to empower all Tennessee students to access the funds needed to attend postsecondary institutions. Check out the website for more information
When Should I Keep My Child At Home?
Below is the letter that will be sent home to answer some questions about when a child should come to school or stay home if he/she does not "feel good".

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Our children work and play close to each other for several hours of each day. That is especially true this time of year when it gets too cold to go outside. . There are many disease-causing germs so it is easy for illness to quickly spread throughout a class. Good hand washing habits are taught and encouraged at school and the surfaces your child touches often are also cleaned. By doing these things, we should be able to decrease the spread of illness in our school.

However, sometimes it’s hard to know when to keep your child at home. The following is a list of signs and symptoms that might mean your child is ill. These signs also mean that he or she could spread that illness to other classmates.

Fever: A person’s normal temperature is 98.6 degrees. Anything higher than 100.0 means your child may have an infection and should stay home. A fever may be at its lowest in the morning and rise as the day goes on. Your child needs to be without a fever for 24 hours before returning to school.

Rash: Keep your child home unless you are sure the rash is an allergic rash, such as poison ivy. A rash may be a sign of any number of diseases that can spread easily.

Vomiting: Healthy children don’t throw up! Be sure your child has fully recovered for 24 hours from whatever illness has caused the vomiting before he or she returns to school. After vomiting, your child should be able to keep down clear liquids and then a light meal.

Runny Nose: A nose which runs clear, watery liquid may be due to allergies. This is not “catching”. A nose that has a thick, colored (yellow, green or brown) discharge means there could be an infection. The child should be seen by a medical professional if possible and kept home until it clears. It will help to give the child a lot to drink and a decongestant.

Cough: A cough that will not go away and/or is deep should be considered contagious. Your child should be kept at home.

Sore Throat: If your child has a fever, a cough, or thick drainage from his or her nose along with a sore throat, they need to be kept at home. If your child has a sore throat that lasts for more than two-three days, they need to be seen by a medical professional if possible.

Reddened Eyes: A child with a white, thick drainage should be kept home until treatment has begun. This may go along with redness in the white of the eye.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Richard Davy, Director
Brooke Parkey, RN, CSH Director
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