The Flu: Guide for Parents

Dear Parents and Guardians:

If you have been following news reports, you know that many areas of the country have been hit with the flu. While we have not seen a significant increase in absences due to illness, I want to assure you that we are doing everything possible to keep our students healthy. We are keeping traffic areas especially clean and sanitized as well as encouraging hand washing and sanitizing. We will, of course, need your help in fighting the flu as well. You can help by following some of the helpful hints in the attached flyer.

Parents and students need to know the signs of the flu (a fever of 100 degrees or higher, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headaches and feeling very tired) and report those symptoms when calling in to report an absence. Students reporting those symptoms should stay at home to recover and remain at home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever (without fever-reducing medicines).

We are asking that all parents assist us with the reporting and, most importantly, keeping ill students at home until they are well. Along with good hygiene, these are the most important steps we can take to help keep students well during the flu season.

We are doing everything we can to help keep students healthy, but we need your help in keeping hands clean, keeping ill students at home and getting students vaccinated when possible. Free doses of the flu vaccine are still available through the Amherst Health Department. Arrangements to receive the vaccine can be made by contacting Jennifer Brown, Public Health Nurse, at 413-259-3241 or brownj@amherstma.org.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the nurse in your child’s school or your healthcare provider.

Sincerely,

Dr. Michael Morris

Superintendent of Schools
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