KCS Illness/Flu Reminders
- Briana Warner
*KCS Flu/Sickness Reminders*
Kanawha County Schools follows state and CDC guidelines regarding how to handle influenza in the school system. It is not recommended to close schools unless there are not enough staff to instruct students.
Our head nurse remains in close contact with our school principals, secretaries, nurses and the Kanawha Charleston Health Department, reporting what we are seeing in our schools and sharing resources on how to stop the spread of illness. Last week, less than 5% of Kanawha County's total student population was out with flu-like symptoms.
Recommendations to schools and our school communities include:
• It isn’t too late to get a flu shot. Encourage staff members and parents to get flu shots for themselves and their families if they haven’t already.
• Students and staff members with flu-like symptoms should stay home and away from other people until fever is gone, without fever reducing medications, for at least 24 hours. Remind community members of our district illness policy.
• Encourage good and thorough handwashing for everyone in your building. Handwashing is your best first defense. Alcohol based hand sanitizers should only be used when water is unavailable.
• All surfaces which are frequently touched, such as desk tops, door knobs, computer keyboards, faucet handles, phones, etc., should be cleaned and disinfected at least once a day, and more often if possible.
• Teach students to always cover their mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, with a tissue if possible. Also stress that they avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth. These are common avenues for the spread of diseases.
Kanawha County Schools offers free flu shots at each school, with parent permission, every year.