When to Keep Your Child at Home

In an effort to minimize the spread of contagious diseases, Haverhill School Health Services has developed a policy to determine if your child needs to be sent home or go to school. Students should not miss school unnecessarily, but other students and staff should be protected from contagious disease. When your child is sick, he or she should rest at home. This will help prevent others from catching their illness.

Ways to Keep Your Child Healthy

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Please make sure that your children eat something nutritious before school. This will help them focus and stay awake. Also, remember to give your children a water bottle to bring to school so they can drink plenty of water throughout the day! Your child should also avoid contact with people who are sick.

 Things to Do to Help Prevent Illness

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Throw the tissue away after use and wash your hands. If there is no tissue handy, cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve instead of your hand.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after sneezing or coughing. In the absence of soap and water, use a hand sanitizer with an alcohol base.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect common surfaces at home, at work, or at school, especially when someone is sick.