Flu Season

Dear Parents and Guardians:

 Flu season is here, and we’ve had confirmed cases of flu in our buildings. The staff of Monroe Local Schools wants to keep your children and the adults who care for them healthy.

 The flu is a contagious disease caused by a virus. When children are in a group with other children, they are more likely to get infectious diseases like the flu. Each year many children are hospitalized with complications from the flu.  Children with chronic health conditions are at higher risk, but many who get the flu are healthy children. 

Here are some ways we can work together to promote health and reduce illness in our students.

Use Good Hygiene

Handwashing is the most effective means of preventing transmission of infectious illnesses such as the flu. Encourage your children to cover their mouth and nose with any coughing or sneezing, and to wash their hands frequently with soap and water.

Is Your Child Too Sick for School?

Given the increase in respiratory illnesses and flu in the buildings, we are asking that any child with flu-like symptoms or vomiting and diarrhea stays home from school. Early symptoms of the flu include headache and general body aches, sore throat, and cough.  Fever is often a later symptom, and an infected person may be contagious even before they have a fever.

Students may return to school when they have been without fever for 24 hours without having received any fever reducing medication such as tylenol or ibuprofen. 

Thank you for all you do to help us keep your child safe and healthy! If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Clinic Staff at your child’s school, or see the resources below.

 Resources

 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.flu.gov

 American Academy of Pediatrics www.healthychildren.org