Given that this year's flu strain is aggressive and widespread, we wanted to remind you of the following:
- Please keep your child home if they show symptoms of the flu: fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, chills, fatigue, and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea. People with the flu may infect others from one day before getting sick, to 5-7 days after.
- If your child has a fever (100 degrees F or higher), they may not return to school until they are fever-free for 24 hours - without the use of fever-reducing medications. Any child sent to school prematurely will be sent home, even if they are fever-free at that time.
- Please review the following with your child: hand washing, covering coughs/sneezes, and avoiding touching their eyes, nose or mouth.
- If you haven't already, consider contacting your physician or the Health Department about a flu vaccine.
Click here to access a guide for parents about the flu from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Thank you for your help in keeping the flu out of our schools! We are happy to answer questions if you have them.
Molly Wales and Heidi Shaw
Licensed School Nurses
Athens City School District
(740) 797-4544 ext 1225