Monday, April 27, 2009

Schools Urge Precautions On Swine Flu

Dear HCPSS parents and guardians,

Over the weekend you may have heard media reports regarding cases of Swine Flu in New York, Kansas, California and Mexico. In situations involving health issues, the school system takes its direction from the Howard County Health Department. School system staff is working closely with Health Department staff to monitor the situation and the information coming from the state health department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

At this point, public health officials are recommending that schools continue to monitor student health according to regular procedures and that people take the same precautions as would be taken for any other type of influenza prevention.

Recommendations are:·

- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze (Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective).

- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

- If you get the flu stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are spread this way.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is updating their website frequently in response to the current swine flu. Information is also available on the Howard County Health Department site.

School system officials are reviewing the list of the out-of-state or out-of-country trips scheduled between now and the end of the school year. We will contact schools and parents immediately if changes are necessary.

The HCPSS has detailed protocol for responding to public health issues and other emergency situations. We are confident in our preparedness and our ability to respond appropriately should conditions warrant.

Questions regarding swine flu may be directed to the Howard County Health Department at 410.313. 6300. School health issues may be directed to HCPSS School Health Services Coordinator Donna Heller, RN, at 410.313.6637.

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