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Guidelines for Cold Weather Safety 


Dear Parents:

At this time of year, it is a good idea to talk with your children about cold weather safety. Extra care is needed especially in younger children to be sure that frostbite does not occur.


  • Make sure all children including teenagers have appropriate outerwear every Warm jackets, hats, scarves, boots, and an extra pair of gloves in their pockets will protect them during extremely cold temperatures.
  • Develop an emergency plan and review it with your children in case you are not home either before or after If a bus is delayed, they need to know where, when, and how to get help. Tell your child that if you are not home while they are waiting outside for the bus, how long they may wait outside, where to go in the event the bus is delayed, and what the dangers and risks of extreme weather are.


Advise your child to seek help if they have:

  • Wet clothing boots or gloves, snow or ice next to bare skin which cannot be
  • Pain or numbness or burning anywhere on their skin (especially hands, feet, ears, or nose).
  • To wait longer than five minutes if temperatures have dipped into the teens, especially on a windy


Teach your child about:

  • When to ask for help.
  • Where to find safe shelter in an emergency
  • Who is the designated adult to go to in your neighborhood
  • How to protect themselves with proper winter
  • The danger signs of


Developed in collaboration with Dr. Cynthia Devore, NYSCSH Medical Director Consultant

This sample resource is located at: in the A-Z Index under W for Weather


Vision and hearing screening:

Vision and hearing screenings have begun. For those of you who may not know what I am talking about, every year I screen kindergarten through eighth grade students for vision and hearing and take their weight and height. For fifth through eighth graders, I also screen for scoliosis. If there are any concerns noted, a referral letter will go home with your child. If you would like to know the results of your child’s screening, even if there is no concern, please let me know. I screen classes during PE once that grade levels starts to have indoor PE. I usually wrap up these screening during the month of February. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.


When to keep you child home for illness:

With cold and flu season upon us, I would like to take the opportunity to offer some information on when your child may be too sick to come to school:

  • If they have a fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Your child should stay home until they have not had a fever for a full 24 hours without the use of medication such as Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil/Motrin (ibuprofen).
  • If they have vomited or had diarrhea (also should not return to school until these symptoms have stopped for at least 24 hours).
  • If they have a large amount of discolored mucus from their nose.
  • If they have an unexplained rash or open sores.


Tips to avoid the spread of germs:

Although viruses can be difficult to avoid, there are some key points we can keep in mind and review with our children/students.

  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow (this helps to keep the germs off of your hands)
  • Dispose of used tissues appropriately
  • Do not share personal items
  • Wash your hands frequently throughout the day (especially after using the bathroom and before eating)
  • Hand sanitizer is a good option if hand washing is not readily available. However, washing the germs off is still the best choice if possible.


Thank you all for a great start to the school year! May you all be happy and healthy!

Sarah Hershey, School Nurse