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Important Information from Our Health Room

Do you have a sick child and are unsure if your child should come to school or not?  Use the following information as a guidline.


Should I keep my child home or send him or her to school?

Keeping your child home is advised if he or she is having illness symptoms that would prevent him or her from participating in school. Children learn better when they feel as well as they can. 


Children should not be in school if they have a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater. Please keep your child home until fever is gone for 24 hours without medication. During influenza season, children with a fever and other flu-like symptoms may be asked to stay home longer.  Fever may be a sign of a more serious problem. 

Seek medical advice for fever lasting longer than 3 days.

Vomiting and Diarrhea

Children should not attend school if they have vomiting and/or diarrhea.  Please keep your child home until 24 hours after the last time they vomited and/or had diarrhea.  If vomiting and/or diarrhea continue and your child is unable to keep liquids down, you should seek medical advice.

Skin Rash and Open Sores

Skin rashes, open sores and/or skin irritations develop for many different reasons.  Some are highly contagious and can cause serious problems.  It is important to seek medical advice to determine the cause.  In some cases, children may need to stay at home until the skin rash or open sore is gone. Open sores and rashes should be covered unless otherwise advised by a medical provider.

Cough-Cold-Sore Throat

Children with productive coughing, sneezing, runny nose, headaches, body aches, earache and/or sore throat may not be well enough to participate in school.  Seek medical advice immediately if your child experiences difficulty breathing, wheezing or sudden high fever, chills and body aches.

Eye Irritation

Eye drainage, crusting, pain and/or redness may be a sign of infection and should be evaluated. If your child is diagnosed with an infection requiring treatment, he or she should stay home for 24 hours after treatment begins or until symptoms have resolved.

How can I help my child to feel better?

While at home, encourage plenty of rest.  Encourage your child to increase fluids like water, soup and juice.  Returning to school too soon may delay recovery from illness and may potentially expose others.  Please consult with your child’s health care provider or school nurse for more information on how to help your child.

Illness Prevention

Hand washing prevents the spread of disease and illness.  Wash hands frequently using soap and water, especially before eating, after using the bathroom and handling pets.

Be sure your child’s immunizations are up-to date and he or she has routine well-child exams.  Flu vaccinations are recommended for everyone from children ages 6 months through adulthood.  

Please report any significant illness to your child’s school and contact the school nurse at 509-942-4232 if you have any questions.

Preschool Family Activity December 21, 2018

Our preschool families have the opportunity to join in a fun familly activity about The Gingerbread Man on Friday, December 21st at 10:00 a.m. in the preschool portable.  Come listen to the story and help your child decorate their own gingerbread boy or girl  to take home.  Feel free to bring your other young children.  If you have any questions, you can call Mrs. Utecht at 967-6354.  

2018 Craft Night & Raffle

The 2018 craft night is going to be held on Friday, December 14th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the gym.  Admission is $1.00 per person.  Do one craft or all of them (while supplies last)!.  Pictures of the crafts are on the Tapteal Elementary PTA Facebook page and at www.taptealpta.org.

There will also be an assortement of $1.00 take home-home craft kits available for purchase, as well as pizza slices for $2.00 each and/or drinks for $1.00 each for purchase (while supplies last).  

A raffle will also be held. $1.00 will purchase 2 tickets.

For a list of all raffle items available and to see pictures of the crafts available that evening, please check out either the Tapteal Elementary PTA Facebook page or the PTA webpage at www.taptealpta.org


Tapteal Barnes & Noble Bookfair

December 18th is Tapteal Elementary's Barnes & Noble Bookfair.  Please join us to listen to our amazing Kid Calypso play at 6:30 p.m. while browsing for books or maybe some Christmas gifts.  A percentage of your Barnes & Noble purchases will benefit our library and a portion will benefit Kid Calypso.  

If you can't attend the bookfair, visit BN.COM/bookfairs to support us online from 12/18/18-12/23/18 by entering Bookfair ID: 12444238 at checkout.  



Colder Weather Upon Us

As the weather gets colder, please make sure to send your children to school with the necessary items to allow for any adjustments in the weather (hats, scarves, mittens, etc.)  If you need assistance with obtaining any of these items, please let either your child's teacher, the office or our Family Cooridnator, Ashley Condray know.  

For school delay/closure information, please tune in to your local TV/Radio Stations, RSD District web page or the Tapteal web page.  For further information regarding how the school district determines closures as well as other valuable information, please see the following webpage.



Upcoming Events

Craft Night, Silent Auction & BBQ Dec 14 :  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Craft Night, Silent Auction & BBQ
Dec 19 :  3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
Reading Club
Room 25
Dec 20 :  3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
PTA Board Meeting
Dec 21 :  10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Preschool Family Gingerbread Activity
Dec 24- Jan 4
NO SCHOOL - Winter Break
Jan 8 :  3:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Talent Show Tryouts
Jan 9 :  3:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Talent Show Tryouts
Jan 9 :  3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
Reading Club
Room 25

New Tapteal Construction Information

Tapteal Times

The latest version of the Tapteal Times contains current news and can be downloaded by clicking the following link.