November 6, 2014

With so many health and medical topics in the news today and the flu season just around the corner, I thought it would be helpful this week to provide some additional information.


Common Cold and Flu

As the temperatures begin to dip with the onset of winter, the cold and flu season is coming upon us. While there is not a cure for the common cold, there are a number of preventative measures that can help to minimize its effect and transmission. Many of these can be found in our Student-Parent Handbook. There are also a number of other great resources out there to help. This document is provided by the Center of Disease Control (CDC):

Enterovirus (EV-D68)

While there have been a number of news reports recently on Enterovirus (EV- D68), the CDC and the Scott County Health Department have seen a drop in the number of children affected at both the national and regional level. EV-D68 is not a new virus, but it has been more prevalent across the nation this fall. This document on EV-D68 is also from the CDC:

Ebola virus

The biggest medical news item this year has been the Ebola virus. While the chances of someone contracting the virus here in the Quad Cities are incredibly rare, I want to assure you that we have been working closely with the Scott County Health Department to continually explore preventative measures and determine how best to share information with our Rivermont family.


There are a number of great resources available to families and students addressing the Ebola Virus. I have included several of the links below.

  • The Scott County Health Department recently released a YouTube video providing some great information about the virus. It is a little lengthy at over 40 minutes, but very thorough:
  • The CDC also has a great travel advisory website for those who may be traveling abroad during the holiday season:

Talking with kids about Ebola

Given all the media attention, I wanted to include several resources to assist you, if needed, in talking about Ebola with your children:

The health, safety, and welfare of all our students is of the highest priority at Rivermont. We take student health very seriously at the School and while I'm absolutely confident in our practices and procedures, I thought it important to provide some additional resources when made available. Every member of the faculty and staff is committed to the welfare of your child as we continue to work closely with the Scott County Health Department on a variety of student health programs.


As always, if you have any questions or if we can be of any help, please contact any member of the faculty or administrative staff.


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