RCHS Flu Information

 As flu season begins, the following precautions are recommended by the Rensselaer Central Schools Corporation.  Please monitor this website, local news and handouts from the schools in the future.  Following RCSC_Bombers on Twitter is another way to receive information.


The Rensselaer Central Schools Corporation will make every effort to communicate all important information concerning the flu throughout the course of the school year.

RCSC Prevention

 

Educate and encourage students and staff to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when they cough or sneeze. Also, provide them with easy access to tis sues and running water and soap or alcohol-based hand cleaners. Remind them to cover coughs or sneezes using their elbow instead of their hand when a tissue is not available.

Remind teachers, staff, and students to practice good hand hygiene and provide the time and supplies for them to wash their hands as often as necessary.

Send sick students, teachers, and staff home and advise them and their fami lies that sick people should stay at home until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever or signs of a fever (without the use of fever-reducing medicine).

Clean surfaces and items that are more likely to have frequent hand contact such as desks, door knobs, keyboards, or pens, with cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas.

Move students, teachers, and staff to a separate room if they become sick at school until they can be sent home. Limit the number of staff who take care of the sick person and provide a surgical mask for the sick person to wear if they can tolerate it.

Have Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as masks available and en sure the equipment is worn by school nurses and other staff caring for sick people at school.

Encourage early medical evaluation for sick students and staff at higher risk of complications from flu. People at high risk of flu complications who get sick will benefit from early treatment with antiviral medicines.

Stay in regular communication with local public health officials.

 

Parents

Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effec tive.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder; not into your hands.

Stay home if you or your child is sick for at least 24 hours after there is no longer a fever or signs of a fever (without the use of fever-reducing medicine). Keep ing sick students at home means that they keep their viruses to themselves rather than sharing them with others.

Get your family vaccinated for seasonal flu and 2009 H1N1 flu when vaccines are available.

Be prepared to support home learning activities if the school makes them available.  Your child’s school may offer web-based lessons, instructional phone calls, and  other types of distance learning.  Have school materials, such as text books, workbooks, and homework packets available at home.

Have activities for your children to do while at home.  Pull together games, books, DVDs and other items to keep your family entertained.

Find out if your employer will allow you to stay at home to care for sick household members or children dismissed from school.  Ask if you can work from home.  If this is not possible, find other ways to care for your children at home.

If school is dismissed, monitor the school’s website, local news, and other sources for information about returning to school.

Children

Be prepared to support home learning activities if the school makes them available.  Your child’s school may offer web-based lessons, instructional phone calls, and other types of distance learning.  Have school materials, such as text books, workbooks, and homework packets available at home.

Have activities for your children to do while at home.  Pull together games, books, DVDs and other items to keep your family entertained.

Find out if your employer will allow you to stay at home to care for sick household members or children dismissed from school.  Ask if you can work from home.  If this is not possible, find other ways to care for your children at home.

If school is dismissed, monitor the school’s website, local news, and other sources for     information about returning to school.

 

Teachers

Take the following steps ALL the time and not only during a flu pandemic to help keep your students and yourself from getting sick with flu.

Educate and encourage students to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when they cough or sneeze. Also, provide them with easy access to tissues. Remind them to cover coughs or sneezes using their elbow instead of their hand when a tissue is not available.

Remind students to practice good hygiene and provide the time and supplies (easy  access to running water and soap or alcohol-based hand cleaners) for them to wash their hands as often as necessary.

Be a good role model by practicing good hand hygiene and covering your mouth and    nose when coughing or sneezing.

Keep an eye out for sick students and send them to the school health office for further  evaluation. Sick people should stay at home until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever or signs of a fever (without the use of fever-reducing medicine).

Clean surfaces and items that are more likely to have frequent hand contact such as desks, door knobs, keyboards, or pens, with cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas.

Teachers should also stay home when sick. Stay home until at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever or signs of a fever (without the use of fever-reducing medicine).

 

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