In line with school districts around the country, administrators of the Mountain View Whisman School District have released a set of guidelines to help prevent the spread of H1N1 among schoolchildren this year.
"We want to keep the schools open to students and functioning in a normal manner during this upcoming flu season," said Superintendent Maurice Ghysels in a letter to parents. "But, we need your help to do this."
Because the flu is spread easily among young students, the district asks that parents help their children keep the following guidelines in mind:
■ Wash hands for at least 30 seconds with soap and water
■ Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or elbows instead of hands
■ Do not share food or personal items
■ Know the signs and symptoms of the flu, including high fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headache and feeling tired
The district asks that parents keep their children home from school for at least seven days after symptoms appear, or until fever has disappeared (without the help of medicine) for at least 24 hours.
If the flu becomes more prevalent, the district may take additional steps, such as symptom screening or dismissing students from school for at least seven days if they show symptoms.