August 21, 2009

The priority of keeping all students safe in the Etowah County School System has brought a heightened awareness of the potential of influenza, including H1N1 (Human Swine Flu). Below are some of the extra measures we are taking in the Etowah County Schools. These steps are based on recommendations from the Alabama Department of Public Health and Alabama State School Superintendent, Dr. Joe Morton.

· If your child is sick, keep them at home until they have been fever free for a 24 hour period without the use of fever reducing medicine.

While At School:

· Any student exhibiting symptoms of influenza will be referred to the school nurse for assessment.

· Students with a fever of greater than 100 degrees will be isolated in a designated quarantine area, a mask applied, and parent/guardian contacted.

· School staff will encourage children, parents, and educators to continue the common sense approach to reducing the spread of influenza virus advised last year, “wash your hands often; avoid being near people who are ill; if you are sick – stay home from work or school; cover your cough with a tissue; and keep your hands away from your face. These are simple steps that will lessen the potential impact of influenza in our state and help keep us healthier.”

Visit http://www.adph.org/pandemicflu/ for more information on influenza and continue to watch this website for updates on steps to protect your family
Last Modified on August 25, 2009