Across the state multiple cases of influenza (flu) are being reported. We have Anchorage students and staff that are likewise experiencing illnesses including strep throat and influenza. Please know that Anchorage School is being very diligent in their efforts to prevent the spread of illness. Our attendance percentage today is 93.4%, so we believe our efforts are having a positive impact. We continue to stress the importance of frequent, thorough hand washing and “Cover Your Cough” maneuvers at school. Custodians are disinfecting classrooms, common areas, restrooms and the cafeteria each evening. This includes disinfecting water fountains, handrails, doorknobs, faucet handles, tables, desks, and chairs daily. Classrooms with multiple absences are placed on a housekeeper watch list and the classroom receives a second round of cleaning in the evening. We are also engaging teachers in extra cleaning practices to help prevent the spread of germs. Every classroom has a spray bottle with disinfectant spray that can be used for periodic daytime classroom cleaning.
There are several ways that our parents can help as well:
- One of the best ways to prevent the spread of influenza and other illnesses is through the simple act of hand washing. Please stress with your child that hands should be washed with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Teach children to cover their nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing. Allow your child to carry their own supply of tissues. Hand washing is advised after the use of each tissue when coughing and sneezing.
- Teach children the “Cover Your Cough” maneuver. It recommends that we cough into the crook of our elbows instead of covering the cough with our hands.
- Students should stay home with symptoms such as a fever greater than 100 degrees, sore throat, muscle aches, headache, diarrhea, and/or vomiting. Some of these symptoms may not accompany a fever.
- Sick students should stay home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever, or signs of a fever, without the use of fever-reducing medications. They should also stay home if they are being treated with antiviral medications.
- Please keep all parent phone numbers and emergency contact information updated.
- For unplanned absences, please telephone the school office the morning of your child’s absence. The number is 245- 2121, ext. 2200. Upon return to school from an absence, parents are required to send a written and signed statement noting the reason for the child’s absence. Not until after the fifth parent note for ‘absences due to illness’ is a parent required to submit a doctor’s note in order for the absence to be excused. If your child is sick and visits a doctor, we recommend sending a doctor’s note for the absence in order to reserve parent note excuses for minor illnesses that only require students to remain home to rest and recover with parent TLC.
Please don’t hesitate to contact the school if you have questions. We will continue to be diligent in our efforts to prevent the spread of illness. Schools and families must work together to remain healthy.