2 schools reach flu-symptom threshold
School District 192 is required to notify the Minnesota Department of Health when a school has at least 5 percent of the student population absent due to influenza-like illness or if there are three or more students in a single classroom absent due to influenza-like illness. This week, classrooms in two schools, North Trail and Meadowview elementary, reached the three student threshold.
There is no special action that occurs because of this, nor would there be if a school crossed the 5 percent absent threshold. It is simply a reporting requirement set by the MDH as they monitor the H1N1 flu virus.
School officials expect there will be more cases of influenza-like illness in Farmington schools this fall, and remind all staff, students and parents they can help prevent the spread of influenza by taking a few simple steps, recommended by the MDH:
- Stay home if you have flu-like symptoms, including a fever of 100-degrees or higher with cough and/or a sore throat. You should stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medications. Anyone who develops these symptoms during the school day should make arrangements to go home.
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a sleeve or tissue.
- Avoid sharing personal items such as drinks, food or eating utensils.
More information and links to MDH resources are available online at www.farmington.k12.mn. us/h1n1.