The Sturgeon R-V School District is taking steps to reduce the spread of flu in our schools. We want to keep the school open to students and functioning in a normal manner during this flu season, but we need your help to do this.

As you know, the flu can be easily spread from person to person. Here are a few things you can do to help to reduce spreading of the flu:

Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub. You can set a good example by doing this yourself.

Teach your children not to share personal items like drinks, food or unwashed utensils, and to cover their coughs and sneezes with tissues. Have them cover their coughs or sneezes using the elbow, arm or sleeve instead of the hand when a tissue is unavailable.

Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. Symptoms of the flu include fever of 100 degrees or greater, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, and feeling very tired. Some people may also vomit or have diarrhea.

Keep sick children at home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have fever or do not have signs of fever, without using fever-reducing drugs. Keeping children with a fever at home will reduce the number of people who may get infected.

Do not send children to school if they are sick. Any children who are determined to be sick while at school will be sent home.

Keep phone numbers and contact information current with the school secretary.

This is an evolving situation, and we will notify you of additional changes to our school’s strategy to prevent spreading the flu. In the meantime, we are working closely with the county and state health departments to monitor flu conditions and make decisions about the best steps to take concerning our school district. We will keep you updated with new information as it becomes available.