Flu season: prevention and treatment

Jan. 28, 2019

We have noticed an increased number of absences as a result of flu season. We'd like to remind everyone in our district to practice flu prevention through regular hand washing and proper covering of coughs and sneezes. If cold, flu or viral symptoms are detected it is important to note the general guidelines below.

  • If you have a fever greater than 100.0: You should be fever-free, without the use of fever reducing medication, for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • If you have vomiting or diarrhea: You should be vomiting/diarrhea free, without the use of vomiting reducing or antidiarrheal medications, for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • If you have a communicable disease such as strep throat or conjunctivitis (pinkeye): As a rule, you should complete 24 hours of antibiotic therapy before returning to school.
  • If you have Influenza (the flu): The flu is caused by a virus and is therefore not treated with antibiotics. You should stay home when you have been diagnosed with the flu until your doctor releases you to return to school. Please note that it could be up to a week before you can return to school after the flu.

Please review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention flu guide for more information about flu prevention and treatment.