Attention East Valley Families,
We are writing to inform you that schools in our area have had an increased number of absences due to an influenza (also known as flu) like illness. This time of year, many students may experience symptoms of respiratory illness due to common viruses, including flu.
Since flu can be very contagious and is a potentially serious illness, we have implemented steps for controlling the spread in our district and recommend families also follow the below steps to help prevent the spread of flu.
- Keep your children home if they are ill with:
- fever of 100 degrees or higher
- a cough and/or congestion
- sore throat
- headache, muscle aches
- Your child(ren) may return to school when they have been without a fever for at least 24 hours. This means a temperature less than 100 degrees without taking anti-fever medications.
- Teach your children to cover their coughs and sneezes with a tissue or with their elbow to avoid spreading the flu germs. If you cough or sneeze into your hands, you risk spreading disease when you touch surfaces that others come into contact with.
- Encourage your children to wash their hands frequently during the day, especially after using the bathroom, before eating and after accidentally coughing or sneezing into their hands. Washing with soap and warm, running water for 20 to 30 seconds is one of the best ways of avoiding respiratory illnesses. If soap and water are not available, your children should use alcohol based hand sanitizer.
- Make sure vaccinations are up to date. Annual flu vaccinations are the best way to protect you and your family from the flu. Annual flu vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months and older. More information about the flu and flu vaccination is available on the following websites:
- CDC Flu page: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm
- If you have any questions please call our office at 509-573-7300, or our district nurse Melody Luke at 509-573-7632.