Update on flu-related illnesses

December 16, 2014

Yesterday District 97 notified families that its schools are experiencing a high number of student and staff absences due to a flu outbreak. Here at the high school, we currently are not seeing any unusual spike in the number of absences or visits to the nurse’s office. Nevertheless, as a preventive measure, our custodians are using additional disinfectants on doorknobs, railings, desks, etc.

With final exams this week, please be aware that the makeup time for a missed exam is this Fri., Dec. 19, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Makeup exams need to be prearranged with the teacher. If you have any questions about a student making up an exam, please contact the individual teacher.

To avoid unexcused absences, students who are too ill to remain in class should ask the teacher for a pass to go to the Health Services office.  If necessary, the nurse will call the student’s parent or guardian to arrange and excuse the early dismissal. Please encourage your student to come to Health Services instead of contacting the parent directly.

Our Health Services office would like to reiterate the same cold and flu prevention tips that District 97 shared:

1. Students with a fever of 100.0 or higher should not return to school until fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications.
2. Students who have been vomiting or have diarrhea should not return to school until 24 hours after the last episode.
3. Students should be kept home if there are symptoms that keep them from participating in school:
 
  a. A cough or sneezing that cannot be controlled. 
   b. Severe headache, body aches, earaches and extreme fatigue.

   c. Sore throat.
4. Wash hands often.
5. Cover your cough and sneeze.
6. Eat a well-balanced diet and get the proper amount of rest.
7. Replace toothbrushes often and after recovering from a cold/flu.
8. Be advised that many illnesses, including the flu, begin with symptoms that may be mistaken for the common cold. If you and/or your child have symptoms that last more than a few days, call a doctor for advice.
9. If you or your child catches a cold, doctors recommend rest, plenty of liquids, and non-aspirin medication to relieve fever, aches and pains.

Thank you for your efforts to keep our students and staff well.