Taking steps to keep our school community healthy

We have entered  the time of year when we see influenza (flu) and other respiratory viruses at school.  We want to let you know what steps we are taking to keep our school community healthy and how you can help.
 
Respiratory infections, such as the flu and common colds (colds), are spread when people come in close contact with sick people and inhale airborne droplets, or come in contact with contaminated surfaces.  Flu and colds symptoms can sometimes be difficult to tell them apart, but consider this:
  FLU COMMON COLD
How it begins Sudden Gradual
Cough Severe Mild to moderate
Muscles Achy None to mild aches
Stuffy, runny nose Sometimes Common
Tiredness Severe Mild
Fever           None to high grade None to low grade
Complications        Bronchitis/Pneumonia Earache/Sinus infection
 
If symptoms persist or worsen, make an appointment with your healthcare provider to be evaluated.  The flu can be serious for children of all ages, causing them to miss school, activities, or even be hospitalized.
 
We take the health of our students seriously and work very hard to keep these viruses from spreading. We regularly clean frequently touched areas such as door knobs, stair rails, telephones, computer keyboards, and bathroom faucets and fixtures.  We also instruct students and staff to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approach to fight the flu:
 
Take everyday preventative actions to stop the spread of germs:
 
  •  Wash hands often with soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers when soap and water are not available,
  • Cover coughs with a disposable tissue or cough into their sleeve,
  • Avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth,
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  • Avoid sharing cups and eating utensils, and
  • Stay home when sick.
 
Please help us maintain a healthy school environment by keeping sick children home, especially if they have a fever above 100° F, diarrhea, vomiting, or a severe cough.

 
A couple additional important points:
  1. Notify your child’s healthcare provider if your child develops difficulty breathing or a new onset of wheezing
  2. If your child has asthma, please make sure we have a copy of your child’s Asthma Action Plan.
  3. When your child is absent from school, please let the office know the reason for the absence so that we can better monitor the situation.
  4. Our teaching staff will be supportive in assisting students in transitioning back to school when they return from an absence.
If you have any questions, please contact your school’s health coordinator.  Together we can have a healthy school year!