Seasonal Flu and h4N1 Flu
- If your child has a temperature and any of these additional symptoms: sore throat, cough, or aches - keep your child at home.
- Students cannot return until their temperature is gone for 24 hours without using medication.
- Get a flu shot or talk with your child's physician about getting one.
- Cover your cough with a tissue or your elbow.
- WASH YOUR HANDS.
- Use hand sanitizer.
THESE ARE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO PROTECT YOUR CHILD'S HEALTH
- Stay home if you or your child is sick for at least 24 hours after there is no longer a fever or signs of a fever (without the use of fever-reducing medicine). Keeping sick students at home means that they keep their viruses to themselves rather than sharing them with others. When calling the school about your child's absence, please let us know they are out with Influenza-Like illness (fever of 100 degrees or more with a cough or sore throat).
- Make sure the school has ALL of your current emergency contact information for your child. If a child becomes sick at school we must have someone come and bring the child home.
- Plan for child care at home if your child gets sick or a school is closed. (MPS would only close a school if a large number of students were sick).
- Monitor the health of the sick child and any other children in the household by checking for fever and other symptoms of flu every morning BEFORE sending them to school. DO NOT SEND A CHILD TO SCHOOL IF YOU'RE UNSURE OF THEIR HEALTH. We are not able to diagnose children at school.
- Get your family vaccinated for seasonal flu AND the h4N1 flu according to your health care provider's recommendation.
THESE ARE THE MEASURES WE ARE TAKING TO PROTECT YOUR CHILD'S HEALTH
- Soap dispensers are installed at every sink. The soap has an antibacterial agent.
- Daily schedules include time for hand washing before lunch. In addition, before entering the lunchroom, students are given hand sanitizer.
- As always, students are not allowed to share lunchroom food.
- If your child is absent from school, we will ask you information about any symptoms of illness in an effort to track the spread of any flu.
- Students are being taught to cough or sneeze into their elbow, not their hands.
- Staff and engineers are disinfecting surfaces, including doorknobs regularly.
- Staff will stay home from school if they are sick.