Parents and guardians,
Detroit Public Schools has been coordinating with the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion (DHWP) and Children’s Hospital of Michigan’s CATCH Pediatric Mobile Team to develop a plan to prevent the spread of the H1N1 flu virus. The district is also preparing a plan in the event of an outbreak.
The plan starts with prevention, which is one of the best ways to protect families from the flu. The following are some guidelines for families to stay healthy, including tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
It is also important to know the symptoms of the flu, which include:
If your child is exhibiting those symptoms, we ask that you keep your child home from school. Please notify the school of the absence and explain the cause, which will help in monitoring trends.
The district also urges that all students have up-to-date and required immunizations. As part of the plan to prevent an outbreak of H1N1, the district and Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion is targeting various populations who are most susceptible to the flu virus, such as pregnant women and medically-fragile children.