Information about the flu

Community Outreach Academy  - Information about the flu

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As you may know, the flu season is well under way with many parts of   the country, including California, experiencing an increased amount of flu activity.
Flu can be easily spread from person to person. Because of this, it’s time to take steps to reduce the spread of flu in Community Outreach Academy. Here are a few things you can do to help:

  • ► Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub. You can set a good example by doing this yourself.
  • ► Teach your children not to share personal items like drinks, food or unwashed utensils, and to cover their coughs and sneezes with tissues. Covering up their coughs or sneezes using the elbow, arm or sleeve instead of the hand when a tissue is unavailable.
  • ► Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. Symptoms of the flu include fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit, 37.8 degrees Celsius or greater), cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, and feeling very tired. Some people may also vomit or have diarrhea.
  • ► Keep sick children at home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have fever or do not have signs of fever, without using feverreducing drugs. Keeping children with a fever at home will reduce the number of people who may get infected.
  • ► Do not send children to school if they are sick. Any children who are determined to be sick while at school will be sent home.

For more information, please visit www.flu.gov, or call 1-800-CDC-INFO for the most current information about the flu. We will notify you of any additional changes to our school’s strategy to prevent the spread of flu. “Whatever it takes, our kids are worth it!”

Ivan Leshchuk, Parent Liaison

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