As you may know, Cook County Department of Public Health held immunization clinics at each of our District 59 schools in order to immunize our students with the first H1N1 vaccine. Over 2000 students participated in this free program. District 59 continues to focus on maintaining a safe and healthy environment for the students and staff of School District 59.
- 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.
You can also assist us in reinforcing the following healthy habits we have been teaching and emphasizing at school:
- Reinforce with 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.
- Reinforce with your children to not to share personal items like drinks, food or unwashed utensils with others.
- Reinforce with your children the need to cover their coughs and sneezes with tissues or to cough into their elbows, arms or sleeves instead of their hands when tissues are unavailable.
- For additional information, please go to: http://www.flu.gov