The Ohio Department of Health has raised the level of flu activity to “widespread” – the highest level of concern. They have also announced the first child flu death of the season; the victim was only four.
Since flu viruses are spread person to person through coughs and sneezes of infected people, school-aged children have a high rate of illness. Keeping your scholar home at the first signs of illness is essential to protecting other scholars and school staff. WHCSD strongly encourages the recommendations of The Centers for Disease Control to help protect you and your family from the flu this season.
Guidelines for Keeping Students Home from School
- Fever (oral temperature greater than 100°F) – scholars should stay home until they are 24 hours fever free without the use of a fever-reducing medication
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Headache, body aches, or fatigue
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Unidentified rash
- Pinkeye (painful or itchy eye with discharge/drainage in or around the eye and eyelashes)