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Health update: Coronavirus and flu season

You have likely seen in the news or on social media that Washington State has had one confirmed case of coronavirus. We know this kind of news is worrisome to families. The District has an emergency response plan and protocols in place for health risks that we will enact if needed. The Washington State Health Department is generally the lead agency in health crisis situations and they provide direction to school districts. While the coronavirus is a serious illness, at this time the Washington State Health Department considers it a low risk to the public.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that all travelers from China (including school students, staff and volunteers) arriving in the U.S. AFTER February 2, 2020 at 2 pm stay at home away from others and monitor their health for 14 days. This measure was put in place because of the increasing number of cases of 2019-nCoV in China.

 

Infectious Disease Quick Links

MISD School Board Policy 3414A- Infectious Diseases

MISD School Board Procedure 3414P- Infectious Diseases

OSPI Infectious Disease Control Guide

Cold and flu season is here!

While the global attention is on the coronavirus and China right now, we want to remind our community that many strands of Influenza are a concern this year and it's important to protect yourself and others. If your child is sick, please keep them at home.  If you're not sure if your child has the flu, ask these questions:  

  • Is there a fever?  
  • Are there other symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, diarrhea or vomiting?  

If the answer is YES to one or more of these symptoms your child might have the flu or other contagious conditions and should stay home. 

There are ways to take a few simple actions to protect yourself and your family:

  • Ensure everyone has a flu shot in your family
  • Wash hands thoroughly and frequently 
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Stay home when ill.   

Please take a moment to review the information below from the Centers for Disease Prevention, Washington State Department of Health, and the King County Health Department for preventing the spread of colds, flu, and other diseases.

Not sure when to keep your student home? Guidelines for When To Keep Your Student Home From School  

Flu illustrated info sheet

Taking care of flu