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As you may know, flu can be easily spread from person to person. Therefore, we are taking steps to reduce the spread of flu in the Knox County School District. We want to keep our schools open to students and functioning in a normal manner during this flu season. However, we need your help to do this.
We are working closely with the Kentucky Department of Education and the Knox County Health Department to monitor flu conditions and make decisions about the best steps to take concerning schools. These are steps that will help prevent the spread of infectious disease, whether it be seasonal flu, the H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu), MRSA, or Meningitis. We will keep you updated with new information as it becomes available.
If the flu becomes more severe, we may take additional steps to prevent the spread, such as:
► conducting active fever and flu symptom screening of students and staff as they arrive at school,
► making changes to increase the space between people, such as moving desks farther apart and postponing class trips, and
► dismissing students from school for at least 7 days if they become sick.
For now we are doing everything we can to keep our schools functioning as usual. Here are a few things you can do to help.
● Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand-rub. You can set a good example by doing this yourself.
● Teach your children not to share personal items, such as drinks, food or unwashed utensils, and to cover their coughs and sneezes with tissues. Children should cover up their coughs or sneezes using the elbow, arm or sleeve instead of the hand when a tissue is unavailable.
● Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. Symptoms of the flu include fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit, 37.8 degrees Celsius or greater), cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, and feeling very tired. Some people may also vomit or have diarrhea.
● Keep sick children at home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have fever or do not have signs of fever, without using fever-reducing drugs. Keeping children with a fever at home will reduce the number of people who may get infected.
● Do not send children to school if they are sick. Any children who are determined to be sick while at school will be sent home.
For more information about flu in our community, contact the Knox County
Health Department at 606-546-3486. For information on what our school
district and its schools are doing, visit our website at
www.knox.kyschools.us, or call the Knox County Board of Education at
606-546-3157. We will notify you of any additional changes to our school
districtís strategy to prevent the spread of flu.