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:
- Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
- Take everyday actions to stay healthy, such as getting enough rest and eating healthy meals.
- 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 hands cleaners are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
- Stay home if you get sick. CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
It is also important to know the symptoms of the flu, which include:
- Fever (usually high)
- Tiredness (can be extreme)
- Cough · Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Body aches
- Diarrhea and vomiting (more common among children than adults)
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.
Resources for Schools
- Steps to take when you suspect a person in your school setting has the flu
- Action Steps for Schools to Prevent the Spread of Flu
- Letter from Michigan Superintendent of Public Education Mike Flanagan
- Implementation Plan for DPS in-school Immunizations
- 2009 Influenza A (H1N1) Flu Resources for Schools
- CDC Guidance for School Administrators for School (K-12) Responses to Influenza during the 2009-2010 School Year
- Preparing for the Flu: A Communication Toolkit for Schools