As you may know flu is spreading easily from person to person and school-age children are among the groups most affected. We are taking steps to prevent the spread of flu in Boise City Public Schools. Currently, flu conditions in our area have become more severe. We want to keep the school open and functioning as normal for as long as possible. We need your help to do this.
Since flu conditions have become more severe, we are now implementing the following steps to prevent the continued spread of flu within our school:
Extending the time sick students or staff stay home even if they feel better sooner. People who are still sick should consider staying home until at least 24 hours after their symptoms have gone away.
Allowing high risk students and staff to stay home. Certain groups are at higher risk of developing serious complications from flu. These groups include children under the age of 5 years, pregnant women, people of any age who have chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), and people age 65 years and older. These students and staff should consult their doctor to make the decision to stay home.
Conducting active fever and symptom screening of students and staff upon arrival at school. School staff will ask students about symptoms suggestive of a respiratory infection such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches and fatigue. Any student who has at least 2 of these symptoms will be separated from others, offered a surgical mask, and sent home as soon as possible.
Here are a few things you can do to help since flu conditions are now more severe:
Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap and water. You can set a good example by doing this yourself.
Teach your children NOT to share personal items like drinks, food or unwashed utensils, and to cover their coughs and sneezes with tissues. If they don't have a tissue, they should cough or sneeze into their upper sleeve, not their hands. Getting in the habit of not touching their face will help the spread of germs as well.
Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. Symptoms of the flu include fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit, 37.8 degrees Celsius or greater), cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, and feeling very tired. Some people may also vomit or have diarrhea.
If a household member is sick, keep any school-aged brothers or sisters home from the time the household member became sick until 24 hours after the symptoms subside. Parents should monitor their health and the health of other school-aged children for fever and other symptoms of the flu.
Don’t send children to school if they are sick. Any children who are sick at school will be sent home. Staying home when sick will allow your children to rest and allows you to monitor their health closely. Keeping your sick child home is the responsible thing to do. It protects fellow students and school staff, especially those who are at higher risk of severe illness from the flu.
For more information, visit www.flu.gov, or call 1-800-CDC-INFO for the most current information about the flu. We will notify you of any additional changes to our school’s strategy to prevent the spread of flu.
Boise City Public Schools