With the flu season approaching, Minidoka County School District will do the following to help reduce the exposure to the flu virus, including the H1N1 flu, to students, staff and the community.
On August 26, 2009 a letter to parents regarding the flu was posted on our district website. Resource information and prevention tips were also included as provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the South Central Public Health District (SCPHD) We will continue to use the district website as the primary place to post information and updates regarding the Flu Prevention Plan. This plan will be posted in all district buildings and schools and will be reviewed in all faculty meetings.
The Homeroom/Advisory teachers as part of their curriculum will do a special class on germ prevention methods. This will include but is not limited to:
- Teach children to wash their hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Teach children not to share personal items like drinks, food or unwashed utensils.
- Teach students to cover their sneezes with a tissue or their sleeve at the elbow.
- Teach students to wash or sanitize their hands before eating anything.
- Teach students that they need to stay home for at least 24 hours after their temperature has subsided- without the assistance of fever-reducing medications.
School Wide Plan
- All teachers will be trained on what symptoms to be aware of and our procedures (training may include but is not limited to Safe Schools modules, emailed information from the CDC or SCPHD, etc.).
- Any child who complains of aches, pains or general feverish symptoms will be sent to the office, designated person(s) or the school nurse.
- The designated person will take the temperature- if 100 degrees or over, call the parents and send home.
- Any student absent for 3 days or more must be fever free without the use of fever reducing medication for 24 hours prior to returning to school.
- Teachers are provided with disinfectant to wipe down desks 2-3 times per day.
- Custodial staff will disinfect door knobs and surfaces in common areas daily.
- Teachers remind students to wash their hands often i.e. after using the restroom, before eating, and between classes.
- Hand sanitizer will be available in strategic locations throughout the buildings and in all cafeterias.
- Kitchen staff will wear gloves and sanitize tables 4 times per day.
- Students are taught how to sneeze and cough into their elbow.
- Posters will be displayed prominently to promote hand washing and not touching their face and how to "cover your cough".
- Office staff, school secretaries, nursing staff, designated personnel and administrators:
- All are able to take temperatures, isolate students, contact parents and send student's home.
- When students return to school the above personnel will check with the student to make sure they are not running a temperature.
- Encourage to error on the side of caution- when in doubt, send the student to the office.
- The homeroom/advisory teachers as part of their curriculum will teach germ prevention methods.
- Keep informed- take students to the doctor as needed- keep home until fever/symptoms are no longer present for 24 hours.
- Pick up your child(ren) in a timely manner when contacted by the school.
- Don't believe rumors- call the school to verify information.
- Use cleanliness habits- wash hands often, cover mouth with arm when sneezing or coughing, keep teacher and parents informed about how they are feeling.