Thursday, September 10, 2009

Mr. Collins letter to parents

The following is a letter from Mr. Collins discussing flu precautions at Tattnall Square Academy.

Dear Parents,

It is the desire of Tattnall Square Academy to provide our students with a healthy and nourishing environment throughout the school year. Since the flu can easily be transmitted from person to person, we are asking that you join us in implementing these steps to prevent the spread of flu here at TSA.

  • Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Teach your children not to share personal items like drinks, food, or unwashed utensils. Instruct them to cover 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 or greater), cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body ache, headache, and feeling very tired. Some people may also vomit or have diarrhea.
  • Keep sick children at home from school and extracurricular activities for at least 24 hours after they no longer have fever or do not have signs of fever without using fever-reducing drugs. This will reduce the number of people who may get infected. Any children who are determined by the school to have flu-like symptoms will be sent home immediately. Keep children at home who have fever and ANY flu like symptoms until RELEASE by your DOCTOR.
We have confirmed cases of flu, and we know we will have additional cases in the near future. We are taking steps to keep mass contact to a minimum. As well, teachers are taking extra care in the classroom to reduce exposure.
You may find it helpful to visit the following websites for the most current information about the flu:

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