The Centers for Disease Control confirms that the U.S. is experiencing one of the worst flu seasons in a decade. As a parent you likely have concerns about what Edmond Public Schools is doing to limit the spread of flu in classrooms and on school buses.
What the District is Doing
- Schools are stressing to students the importance of washing their hands and for an appropriate length of time to limit the spread of germs.
- Students and staff are being encouraged to use the alcohol-based hand sanitizers that are widely available in classrooms, cafeterias and in common areas such as front offices.
- Custodial staff are sanitizing classrooms taking extra care to disinfect common areas such as door knobs, pencil sharpeners etc. Bus drivers are also sanitizing buses each morning and evening.
- We are continually monitoring student absentee and employee absentee rates to determine if other measures are necessary at individual schools. On a daily basis, our student attendance usually averages between 96%-98% percent. Currently, we are seeing student absences average just over 92% with a few schools dipping slightly below 90% this past week. It’s important to note that some absences have been for other illnesses such as strep throat, upper respiratory viruses and seasonal allergies.
- The district is staying in contact with local health officials in order to stay informed about the flu epidemic.
What Parents Can Do
Because flu can easily spread, we need your help keeping all students healthy.
Symptoms of Flu
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
- Fever* or feeling feverish/chills (* It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.)
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
If your child does have the flu, PLEASE keep them home from school until they are fever free for 24 hours without medication. Please err on the side of caution if you observe that your child has flu-like symptoms.
Teach your children to wash their hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. A handy tip is to have them hum the alphabet song while lathering.
Teach your children to cover their coughs and sneezes. Encourage them to use tissues and then throw the tissue away. If there are no tissues handy, have them sneeze into the sleeve of their shirt or coat and then have them wash their hands with soap and water as soon as they can.
Information and Resources
Oklahoma State Dept. of Health:
Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/
Edmond Public Schools Health Guide: