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What Parents Should Know About Swine Influenza A (H1N1)
With the increased attention and concern regarding what is commonly being referred to as swine flu, Parkway is taking steps to keep students healthy and safe, and wants to help parents do the same. While continuing normal daily activities, it is important to be informed about precautions, symptoms and the latest developments.
What can parents do?
- Teach and practice precautions
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Contact your health service provider, especially if symptoms include:
- Fever of 100° F or higher; AND
- Cough and/or a sore throat.
- Update your school about student illnesses.
When reporting student absences, please keep your school informed of any suspected or confirmed influenza diagnosis.
- Keep up with online resources, including Parkway updates.
- Monitor Parkway’s Web site at www.pkwy.k12.mo.us
- Subscribe to Parkway’s twitter feed at http://twitter.com/ParkwaySchools
- Monitor local and state health agencies at www.stlouisco.com and www.dhss.mo.gov
- Get resources and updates from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) at http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/
What is Parkway doing?
In addition to stressing precautions and healthy habits with students and staff, our schools are redoubling their cleaning efforts, focusing on germ-attracting surfaces such as doorknobs, handrails, cafeteria areas and desks. We are also providing schools with extra supplies of tissues, soap and hand cleansers.
At the district level, we are monitoring the situation closely and preparing to respond appropriately. Parkway is working in conjunction with local health agencies, mobilizing district and school crisis teams to deal with any outbreak of the swine influenza in Parkway. While it is important not to overreact, we must be prepared to deal with the many aspects of potential school or district closures.
At the present time, students and adults should carry on with their normal activities as scheduled, but use precautions and stay informed about any new developments. We will continue to communicate as closely as possible with parents and staff using our Web site, as well as our rapid communications service phone and e-mail alerts.