Influenza Prevention at FCV
    February 12, 2020

    Dear Fall Creek Valley Parents/Guardians and Staff:

    As we enter the month of February, influenza season is upon us. Our district is in good company with many Indiana school districts trying to contain viruses and increase deep cleaning in an effort to provide the healthiest environment for students to learn.

    Custodians, health assistants and nurses, along with teachers and staff are working together to help prevent the spread of germs by frequently disinfecting classrooms and common areas. Students should not return to school until they are fever-free for 24 hours (100 degrees or 99.6 degrees with other symptoms), without the use of fever reducing medications and have had no diarrhea or vomiting for that same time frame. Students should stay home until this criteria is met.

    Here are a few things you can do to proactively help protect your child's health:

    ● Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects such as toys, doorknobs and light switches.
    ● Personal devices such as iPads, cell phones, and laptops should be cleaned regularly. Clorox or Lysol wipes are safe and effective to use. To ensure the wipes are not too wet for the device, wring it out prior to use. Streaks may be left behind and a microfiber type cloth or tissue can be used to remove streaks after the product has dried on the device.
    ● Launder bedding, backpacks, and jackets (if possible) to kill germs and especially after an illness, prior to returning to school.

    ● Remind your child to wash hands frequently with soap for at least 20 seconds and dry well. If there is no soap and water available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    ● Cover sneezes/cough with the elbow of a long sleeve shirt or tissue, or the upper part of a short sleeve shirt.
    ● Remind your child not to share personal items such as cups, water bottles or utensils.
    ● Change your toothbrushes out after illness.

    ● As always, seek assistance from your doctor/health professional if you see or experience symptoms that cause concern.

    Should the school contact you regarding your sick student, we ask that you please pick them up promptly. This will help limit the illness exposure with other students and staff. Thank you for working with us to help maintain a healthy learning environment for your child and our staff.

    Beth Dreiman, LPN
    Fall Creek Valley Middle School Clinic

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