When we are in the midst of flu season. All parents, guardians, students, faculty and staff should be aware of flu symptoms in order to conduct self-screenings and to refer students to the health suite for evaluation. We also want to reinforce good practices regarding hand-washing and proper coughing techniques to help prevent the spread of germs in the school and home settings.
Flu symptoms include the following:
*Fever of 100 degrees or greater, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose.*Other symptoms may include:Body achesChillsHeadacheDiarrheaFatigueVomiting
If you think your child has the flu:
• Keep him/her at home. Do not send him/her to school.
• He or she should avoid close contact with others for 3-5 days (24 hours after resolution of fever without fever-reducing medication)
Early treatment of high-risk students:
People at high risk for Influenza complications who become ill with influenza-like illness should speak with their health care provider as soon as possible.
EVERYONE SHOULD practice and encourage others to:
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Drop the used tissue in a wastebasket. If a tissue is not available cough into the crook of your elbow or sleeve.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand gel.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
District staff routinely clean areas that students and staff touch often (desks, chairs) with the appropriate cleansers and sanitizers. We encourage students and staff to frequently use the hand sanitizer stations throughout the buildings.Thank you for your attention to this matter and for positively reinforcing good hygiene practices at home.For more information about seasonal influenza, please refer to this site:
Jeanne Knouse, Director of Student Services, and the Nursing staff