Over the past few days, our school nurses have seen and sent home an increased number of students with flu-like symptoms. The highest number of cases are in the primary and elementary buildings. The Stone County Health Department contacted the school district this week to report that doctor's offices in our area are seeing an increased number of flu cases, especially in primary age children.
The main symptoms are a headache, fever, stomachache, sore throat, and cough. In an effort to protect all students and staff and to limit the spread of this illness, the district is routinely cleaning surfaces and objects that are often touched, such as desks, countertops, doorknobs, faucet handles, and phones. The district uses a hospital-grade disinfectant daily and recently purchased a misting system to reach more areas. Hand washing with soap and water can also help remove and kill viruses.
If your child develops any of the symptoms listed above, please do not send them to school until all of their symptoms are resolved. Even if the fever is no longer present, a student could still be contagious and may have difficulty focusing in the classroom. There is also an increased chance of relapse if they come back too soon.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact the nurse in your child’s building.