Action Steps for Parents to Protect Your Child and

Family from the Flu this School Year

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends 4 main ways you and your family may keep from getting sick with the flu at school and at home:

Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effec­tive. (Logos will have hand cleansing foam in each classroom, as well as lots of tissues!)

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder; not into your hands.

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.

Get your family vaccinated for seasonal flu and 2009 H1N1 flu when vaccines are available.

If flu conditions become very severe and many students or teachers are ill, we have other plans ready to implement, which would limit the spread of the disease, but still allow education to continue.