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Monday, March 20, 2023

Stay healthy this fall, KCPS

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With cold and flu season fast approaching, KCPS has many resources to keep your family healthy this fall. COVID, the flu, and RSV are all prevalent right now according to our health partners at Children’s Mercy Hospital. Remember, if your child is sick, please do not send them to school.

Here are some of the health resources available to our families:

  • COVID-19 tests: KCPS students and staff can take the test for FREE at all schools or at the Mattie Rhodes Center. Our tests are provided by Children’s Mercy. Sign up online today or ask your school nurse for more information.
  • Vaccines for COVID-19: Vaccines against COVID-19 are safe, effective in preventing serious illness and hospitalization, and readily available. Updated COVID-19 boosters may provide additional protection against new variants and are available for children and adults ages 5 and up. Make an appointment for the vaccine at any major retail pharmacy or through the Kansas City, Missouri Department of Health.
  • Flu shots: Children’s Mercy Hospital encourages everyone over the age of 6 months to get a flu shot. Your insurance will pay for your flu shot. If your family is uninsured or underinsured, the Kansas City, Missouri Department of Health can help you get flu shots at little or no cost. Children’s Mercy Hospital has many flu resources on its website.
  • School Telehealth: KCPS families can now access telehealth services at no cost through Hazel Health. This is a good option if your child begins to feel unwell at school. Hazel can help families with conditions like nausea, headaches, asthma problems, skin rashes, and other common childhood complaints. Learn more and sign the online consent form today.

During the pandemic, we are emphasizing handwashing, social distancing, and wearing masks to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our schools. Continuing these practices will also help us stop the spread of other respiratory illnesses. Together, we can stay healthy this fall!

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