SAISD Flu Guidelines
October 9, 2009
With flu season underway, San Angelo ISD continues to maintain a strong interest in the health and well-being of our students and employees. Our goal is to decrease exposure to seasonal flu and HINI while limiting disruption to learning. San Angelo ISD is working closely with the Center for Disease Control, the Texas Department of State Health Services, and the local health department to monitor the flu situation. The following information is being provided to keep you informed of our prevention and preparedness plans.
What is San Angelo ISD doing to protect students and employees from the flu?
- School nurses and other campus personnel are assessing and monitoring all illnesses.
- Absentee rates are being carefully monitored on all campuses.
- SAISD is practicing infection control. Employees have been encouraged to practice and teach proper hand washing techniques and cough etiquette. We will continue to ensure that our schools and buildings are clean and that commonly touched surfaces are cleaned often with an approved disinfectant that kills the flu virus.
- Students who are ill will be sent home. Parents of students who become ill at school will be contacted to pick them up as soon as possible. Students are to stay home until they are fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
- School closures. SAISD will carefully monitor absentee rates due to illness. At this time, absentee rates are not high enough to warrant campus closures.
How can you protect your family?
- Update your emergency contact information at your child's campus.
- Know the signs and symptoms of the flu and how it spreads. Symptoms include fever over 100 degrees, sore throat, and cough. Many people experience a runny nose, fatigue, body aches, and loss of appetite. The virus is transmitted through coughing or sneezing of those infected with the virus.
- If you are ill, stay home. You will need to stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever subsides without the use of fever-reducing medications. Students with the flu should not only stay home from school but also from school functions and other events during after-school hours.
- Practice infection control measures at home. Teach all family members to cover their nose and mouth with a tissue when they cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away after using. If tissues are not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow. Wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Try to avoid being around people who are sick. Keep commonly touched surfaces clean by wiping them with a household disinfectant, used according to the product label.
For additional information:
If you have any questions, please contact your campus nurse or Melissa Schumpert, Coordinator of Health Services, at 947-3838, ext. 530.