Dear Parent or Guardian,
 
As you may know, flu can be easily spread from person to person.  Therefore, we are taking steps to reduce the spread of flu in Lake Local Schools.  We want to keep the school open to students functioning in a normal manner during the flu season.  But, we need your help to do this.
 
We are working closely with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Ohio Department of Health and the Stark County Health Department to monitor flu conditions and make decisions about the best steps to take concerning schools.  We will keep you updated with new information as it becomes available.
 
If the flu becomes more severe, we may take additional steps to prevent the spread of illness.
 
For now, here are the things you can do to help.
 
·         Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.  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.  Covering up their coughs or sneezes using the elbow, arm or sleeve instead of hand when a tissue is unavailable.
·         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.  When you report your child absent from school, you will be asked about their symptoms.  This is to be able to provide accurate illness absence information to our local health department.
·         Keep sick children at home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have fever or do not have signs of fever, without using fever-reducing drugs.  Keeping children with a fever at home will reduce the number of people who may get infected.
·         Do not send children to school if they are sick.  Any children who are determined to be sick while at school will be sent home.
 
Please be aware that our schools will send home any student who has a fever of 100 degrees F or greater accompanied by cough and/or sore throat!  The student may not return to school until they are fever free for 24 hours, without fever-reducing medications (Tylenol or Advil).
 
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.
 
                                                                                                                        Sincerely,
 
 
 
                                                                                                                        Therese Gilbert, RN, BSN
                                                                                                                        Nursing Services Coordinator