School dealing with flu, has one case

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

The Greencastle-Antrim School District has one confirmed case of H1N1 influenza, and an updated letter to parents is posted on the school’s website. Students brought home a flyer about the flu a couple weeks ago

Robert Crider, Director of Educational Operations, wrote that the district is  taking steps to reduce the spread of the flu within the schools.

“We want to keep the school open and functioning in a normal manner during this flu season. We are working closely with the Pennsylvania Department of Health to monitor flu conditions and make decisions about the best steps to take concerning schools.”

He added that the public would continue to be updated with new information as it became available, but the district would not be reporting additional confirmed cases.

Crider asked for help from parents. He listed steps to take.

* 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, and to cover their coughs and sneezes with tissues or using the elbow, arm or sleeve instead of the hand.

*Know the signs and symptoms of the flu, including fever of 100 degrees or higher, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, fatigue.

*Keep sick children at home for 24 hours after a fever is gone.

*Do not send children to school if they are sick. Such children will be sent home.

The pandemic is a topic of discussion amongst administration, the school nurses and the Department of Health, Crider said. When the situation warrants additional information, the school will send home another flyer or do a direct mailing, but until that point the website will contain the latest data. Click the ‘news’ link.