February 02, 2018
Dear Parents, Guardians, & Staff:
As you know, influenza activity this year is reaching wide-spread, epidemic proportions in our state and across the country. Consequently, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has issued several steps to prevent the spread of flu this year. The recommendation for individuals with flu symptoms is to stay home from work or school and avoid public activities for at least 7 days. Additional steps include:
- Frequent hand washing or the use of an alcohol-based hand gel
- Remind children to cover their mouths when coughing or sneezing
- Do not share items that can spread germs like drinking cups, straws, or other items that can be put in the mouth
- Clean frequently touched objects at home such as door knobs, phones, water faucets
- Avoid large crowds or gatherings
- Avoid after-school programs or sports if sick
The flu is a very contagious respiratory disease and is easily transmitted from person to person by coughing or sneezing. Flu symptoms generally will last 7 - 10 days in most people. The flu will usually start very suddenly with a fever from 102 - 104 degrees lasting 3 to 4 days. Symptoms also include headache/severe muscle aches, general weakness/extreme fatigue, dry cough, sore throat, and runny or stuffy nose. If your child exhibits any of these symptoms, please call your child's physician immediately and keep them home from school. Fact sheets have also been included with this message for your review and reference.
Thank you for understanding and cooperation regarding this serious health issue.
Steven P. Lemanski, M.Ed.
Superintendent of Schools