Azle ISD Flu Information
Azle ISD FLU INFORMATION
As we move into February, cases of flu in Tarrant County have been reported as widespread. District employees are taking proactive measures to help of the flu in our schools and community.
We are asking that students, staff, and visitors who have any flu-like symptoms stay home until they are well and are able to fully participate in school activities. If they come to school presenting with fever, excessive coughing and sneezing etc. they will be sent home for treatment and recovery. We want to do everything we can to minimize the spread of the flu this season and help our families get well and stay well.
District staff are taking necessary steps on campuses to prevent the spread of the flu virus in our schools. To reduce exposure, our staff members continue encouraging proper hand washing and educating students about good health practices. Anyone with flu-like symptoms is being sent home for rest and recovery. Disinfection of classrooms and common areas are being implemented, including the use of the “E-Mist” system, which has the capability of reaching more surfaces than regular cleaning substances do.
At home, families can help prevent the spread of flu-like illnesses with the following health tips: Practice good hand hygiene by washing hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers also are effective if hand washing is not possible.
- Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder.
- If you or your child is sick, stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever subsides without the aid of fever-reducing medication (ie Tylenol, Motrin, Ibuprofen, etc.)
- Anyone experiencing excessive coughing, sneezing that cannot be controlled will be advised to stay home to minimize respiratory droplet spread.
- Flu vaccine is recommended as a preventative measure and it is not too late to get vaccinated. The vaccine is readily available at doctors’ offices, pharmacies, and the Health Department.
- Contact your doctor if signs of flu-like illness occur, the earlier the better. There are some anti-viral prescription medications such as Tamiflu that may lessen the severity of flu symptoms and your doctor can advise appropriate choices for your family.
It is important that we work together to reduce any potential spread of the flu, and we will partner with you in any way we can to protect your children. Through our combined efforts, we can continue to provide a safe and healthy school environment for all children and employees.