The DuPage County Health Department is indicating that the flu may still be more prevalent than normal this year. District 33 is closely monitoring absences related to fever, cough, sore throat, diarrhea, or vomiting, and watching for trends.
In addition to this monitoring, the district is taking measures internally to make an effort to combat the spread of this flu.
- Hand sanitizer is available in all bathrooms, classrooms and health offices
- Our hand sanitizer (used without water) is 99.9% effective on common germs withing 30 seconds and approved for use in locations where alcohol based products are prohibited.
- If a classroom has more than 10% of students absent, custodial staff disinfect all desks and "high touch" areas. This includes door knobs, light switches and lockers.
- Custodial staff receive annual training in disinfecting when there are a high number of absences.
Please note: All cleaning and disinfectant products used in schools must pass rigorous standards set by fire department and our district’s insurance standards. As a result of these standards, all hand sanitizer must be alcohol free. It also precludes staff and students from bringing in their own cleaning products or hand sanitizer for personal use.
If you have any concerns, please reach out to your building principal.
Here are some guidelines from the health department to help reduce exposure to the flu and prevent it from spreading.
GET VACCINATED IF YOU OR YOUR LOVED ONES HAVEN'T YET. There are still weeks of flu activity to come
COVER YOUR MOUTH AND NOSE. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Throw the tissue away after use. If a tissue is not available use your sleeve.
KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF THE FLU.Symptoms include fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater), cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, and feeling very tired.
STAY HOME WHEN YOU ARE SICK. Stay home from work, school and social gatherings until fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication (a fever is 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater) This also applies to symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea.
AVOID CLOSE CONTACT. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
AVOID TOUCHING YOUR EYES, NOSE OR MOUTH.