As you may already know FLU is spreading easily from person to person and school age children are among the groups most affected. Please be assured that we are taking every precaution to keep our students and staff healthy and safe.
We are working closely with the Cook County Department of Public Health to monitor flu conditions and make decisions about the best steps to take concerning our schools. We will keep you updated with new information as it becomes available.
We need your help to keep our schools open and functioning in a normal manner this flu season. Sick children should remain at home. If you notice any of the following symptoms, please keep your child at home and contact your doctor immediately:
Fever over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees Celsius)
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Body aches
- Chills and fatigue
- Possible diarrhea and vomiting
We will continue to do our part as well. School custodians have been asked to pay closer attention to high traffic areas when cleaning such as classroom doorknobs, hallway hand rails and faucets. Classrooms are cleaned daily and hand sanitizer dispensers are being refilled as needed. Student attendance is being monitored daily and students and staff with flu like symptoms are being sent home.
For the most up to date information about the flu visit www.flu.gov or call 1-800-CDC-INFO. We will notify you of any additional changes to our school’s strategy to prevent the spread of flu.
H1N1 Resource Links
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention
- Cook County Department of Public Health Update pdf.
- Cook County Department of Public Health Website
- Extended Student Absence Recommendations
- H1N1 Vaccine Flyer
- Illinois Department of Public Health
- Preparing for the Flu: Questions and Answers for Schools
- Report a Flu-Related School Dismissal