Notes from the Principal's Desk. .
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As Influenza season begins, there a few items that need to be addressed this school year.
Influenza (“flu”) is a contagious disease that is caused by Influenza viruses, and is spread mainly by coughing, sneezing, and close contact. Symptoms can include: • fever/chills • sore throat • muscle/body aches • fatigue • cough • headache • runny or stuffy nose (CDC, 2018).
There are new exclusion guidelines for schools given by the Johnson County Health Department for Influenza.
Students who have been diagnosed with Influenza by a Physician will now be required to stay home from school for 7 days from the onset of symptoms. Influenza no longer falls under the “fever free for 24 hours” rule. Also, these new guidelines apply even if your student has received Tamiflu and/or the flu shot.
Please let the school nurse know if your student has been diagnosed with Influenza. The district tracks cases of influenza and it becomes useful when we begin to see a large number of absences in certain grades/classrooms.
Feel free to contact the school nurse with any questions you may have regarding this information.