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Message from Superintendent Risden-Smith Regarding When Children Return to School

Too Sick for School


Hello Fairview Families,
We’re looking forward to being back in session Thursday, March 7, 2019, after this five day period of time away from school. 
Over the past month we’ve seen an increase in students coming to school with signs of illness such as fever, vomiting, pink eye, etc. When students come to school with these signs of illness, we can’t keep them from coming in contact with other students on the bus, at breakfast, etc. before we even notice their symptoms and get them back home. We recognize sometimes these symptoms appear after leaving home as well. 
When students come to school sick, we are seeing the cycle begin. The  students coming to school sick often become the same students who get sick a second time after the students they exposed come to school sick later on. It’s a cycle we can prevent. 
As a parent, it’s easy to miss the symptoms and it’s sometimes hard to know when to send our kids to school and when to keep them home. We want them to be at school learning but we also want them to be safe and healthy. The attached graphic can be helpful when parents and families are having to make these hard decisions. 
Although our district encourages excellent attendance and we really want our students here when they are well, our attendance policy allows for days excused when students are too sick to come to school. We do not want students to come to school when they are too sick to be here. The health and safety of our students is our number one priority in providing them the best education possible. 
We look forward to seeing all of our students back at school when they’re healthy. 
Thank you for your continued partnership in providing our children the best education possible. 


Jackie Risden-Smith 


Fairview Independent Schools 

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