Richland R-1 Schools recognizes the impact flu season can have on their students & staff, and is making every effort possible to help keep your child healthy during the school day. Handwashing is offered and encouraged frequently. Hand sanitizer bottles are provided in each classroom and throughout the school building. The janitorial staff works hard to keep the school clean and sanitized, and the school nurse is available to your child during school hours. However, effectively managing the flu takes the combined effort of school staff, parents, and doctors. To help prevent the spread of flu at school, we recommend the following practices according to the CDC guidelines:
Keep your child home from school when they are sick. If your child gets sick with flu-like illness, the CDC recommends that your child stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. The fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, especially when someone is ill.
Get your child the flu shot, it is not too late to get one. Doctor's office's and your local pharmacies and health departments have the flu vaccine in stock & available to the public.