Cold and Flu season:

Please do NOT send your child to school if he/she has or has had:

  • A fever more than 99.5 degrees within the last 24 hours (must be fever free without fever-reducing medication)
  • Vomiting or diarrhea within the last 24 hours
  • Continuous coughing not relieved with cough medicine

As many of our students are getting colds and/or the flu during the school year, we would greatly appreciate your assistance in preventing the spread of illnesses at school. Please help us teach your children health habits to protect themselves as well as others. Here are some helpful guidelines to keep your child healthy:

  • Plenty of rest and nutritious foods are needed.
  • Do not eat or drink from the same utensil or container after someone else.
  • Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  • When coughing or sneezing, cover the nose and mouth by coughing or sneezing into a tissue or bent elbow.
  • Practice frequent hand washing with soap and water, or with hand sanitizer. This is the best way to prevent the spread of germs! Wash hands for at least 20 seconds.

Flu Vaccine

Below are recommendations to help reduce the spread of flu in schools.

  • The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each flu season. Be sure to have you child get the yearly flu vaccine. See Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine.
  • The seasonal flu vaccine protects against three or four influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. The vaccine viruses are reviewed each year and changed as needed based on international surveillance and scientists’ estimations about which viruses will predominate during the upcoming season.
  • Flu vaccines have a very good safety record. Over the years, hundreds of millions of Americans have received seasonal flu vaccines. The most common side effects following flu vaccinations are mild, such as soreness, redness, tenderness, or swelling where the shot was given.

Strep Throat

  • Students must be on an antibiotic for 24 hours and must be symptom-free before returning to school.

Head Lice

  • If a student is found with active head lice, the parent/guardian of the student will be excluded from school until the head lice is treated.
  • The student cannot return to school until he/she is nit-free.
  • The parent/guardian is encouraged to begin treatment of the student immediately and to check all members of the family.
  • Exposure letters will be mailed home to parents/guardians of students in that class or school.

Please see HCSD Board Policy 5141.33: CLICK HERE

Checking your child for head lice:

WHEN to look:
  • If recently exposed to head lice, twice weekly
  • If recently had head lice, daily for 2 weeks
  • Whenever the head itches
WHO should be checked?
  • Each person living in the household
WHERE to look:
  • Where it itches.
  • At the nape of the neck, around and above the ears, at the crown of the heard
  • Then through the entire head from top to bottom
WHAT to look for:
  • Live lice & Nits (lice eggs)
What do lice LOOK LIKE?
  • About the size of a sesame seed
  • Clear tan to dark red-brown in color and move quickly, especially from light
What do lice eggs (nits) LOOK LIKE?
  • About the size of a grain of sand, Opal or translucent in color
  • Don't confuse with dandruff and hair products, which may be easily moved by blowing or whisking
  • Nits are firmly attached to the hair shaft. These are lice eggs
Do lice move?
  • Lice crawl very fast from light. They do not fly
  • Nits do not move. They are firmly attached to the hair shaft
How can they be found?
  • LOOK - using bright light or sunlight (next to a window)
  • USE - disposable sticks (pencil, toothpick, etc.) to part hair in small sections and look carefully for small nits
  • MOST COMMON AREAS are behind the ears, at the nape of the neck and around forehead


    • 300 El Cerrito Avenue
    • Hillsborough,
    • CA
    • 94010
  • Phone (650) 342-5193
  • Fax (650) 342-6964

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