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Schools prepare for flu
The Caroline County School Board approved the Pandemic Flu Guidelines on Monday, September 14, 2009. A pandemic is a global disease outbreak. The purpose of the Pandemic Flu Guidelines is to assist our school administrators and staff in how to create and coordinate an all hazard plan to assure a comprehensive effective response. Caroline County Public Schools is working closely with Rappahannock Area Health District and the Virginia Department of Education to continue preparations and planning to respond to potential changes in the amount of illness or severity of illness.
CDC continues to emphasize personal responsibility to limit the transmission of the virus:
- Wash your hands. If no washing facilities are available then use a hand sanitizer.
- Cover coughs and sneezes. This helps to reduce transmission of the flu, colds, and other diseases.
- Stay home if you are sick. The current guidance for H1N1 is to stay home until 24 hours after fever drops below 100 degrees without using fever-reducing medicines.
If staff/students are presenting flu-like symptoms during school the following procedures are in place:
- Staff will be encouraged to get a seasonal flu vaccination.
- Students/staff will be sent to the clinic.
- Masks will be provided for students/staff who are contagious.
- Students/staff will be assigned to a cohort room.
- Parents will be called to pick up student.
- If a parent refuses to pick up a student or is late picking up the student,
parent will receive a warning letter.
- Students/staff can return to school after 24 hours of being fever free without any fever-reducing medicines and symptoms have subsided.
- Students will be admitted to school on the word of the parent.
- If student comes back to school and presents flu-like symptoms, student will be given a mask and assigned to a cohort room. Parent will be called to pick student up. Parent must accompany student to school and report to the school nurse/clinic to make sure student does not present any flu-like symptoms.
- Gowns and masks will be provided for those who come within three feet of those with presenting symptoms.
- Constant triaging will be facilitated by the school nurse.
- Students and staff who have had contact with suspected patients should be screened daily for fever or respiratory symptoms by school health staff.
For more information about the novel influenza A HIN1:
or contact your local health department
http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/lhd/ or call (877) 275-8343, Monday –Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.