District takes precautions against Swine Flu
April 28, 2009 -- In response to the identification of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infections in humans in the United States (including one in Elyria), the School District has activated the initial steps of its protocol for dealing with epidemics. Although there have been no reported cases of swine flu in Medina County, Highland Local Schools is taking steps to inform parents, students and staff of precautionary measures.
At this point, the protocol consists of daily use of appropriate disinfectants in school buildings; acquiring extra supplies of gloves, face masks, and hand sanitizer; close monitoring of advisories from federal, state, and local public health authorities; and monitoring student and staff attendance. Further steps will be taken if necessary, with the guidance of public health authorities.
What You Can Do to Stay Healthy
Families and staff members should keep in mind these guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away in the trash after use.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, particularly after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread that way.
- Try to avoid contact with sick people.
- If you get sick, stay home from work or school, and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
If you are diagnosed with swine flu, please notify your school nurse immediately.
Information relevant to Highland schools will be posted at www.highlandschools.org as needed. Other resources include:
Centers for Disease Control: http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/index.htm
Ohio Department of Health: http://www.odh.ohio.gov/
Medina County Health Department: www.medinahealth.org