Flu season underway – Health information for families

In an effort to help keep our school community healthy during this flu season, the district wants to share some reminders, as well as a fact sheet from the New York State Department of Health.

Influenza (“the flu”) is an infectious disease caused by a virus. Infectious diseases are more readily spread in group settings, such as schools.

There are, however, some simple things that help reduce the spread of illness. Please remind your children of the following good health habits:

  • ​Cover their mouth and nose when sneezing.
  • Keep their hands away from their eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean their hands often with soap and warm water.
  • Avoid sharing cups, water bottles, or eating utensils.

Symptoms of the flu include chills, fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, and muscle or body aches. If your child has these symptoms or is otherwise ill, please do not send them to school. Your child should stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone.

If you are unsure about whether or not to send your child to school, please review the district guidelines.

For more information about the flu, please see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Flyer.

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school nurse.