The West Chester School District provides a school nurse 4 of the 5 days of the week for the students of SSPP. Our school follows all state regulations and recommendations given by the WCASD.
The following is a letter that was sent home to all the parents of the children in the WCASD from Dr. James Scanlan, Superintendent of Schools:
Dear Parents/ Guardian,
As you probably know the novel H1N1 Influenza Virus has been consistently in the news this summer. This strain of influenza spreads rapidly, particularly among school age students. We want to assure you that we are taking steps at West Chester Area School District to reduce your child’s exposure to all influenza diseases.
We are partnering with the Chester County Department of Health, PA. Dept. of Education and our consulting physician, to determine our response. Together, with your help, we will do our best to protect our students and the larger community.
Here are a few things that you can do to help:
· RECOGNIZE FLU SYMPTOMS (see below) and KEEP SICK STUDENTS HOME. We encourage you to plan child care arrangements for this possibility in advance. This isolation will be critical for everyone’s health.
· Teach your child(ren) to wash their hands often with soap and water or an alcohol based rub.
· Teach your child(ren) not to share food or personal items like utensils.
· Teach your child(ren) to cover their coughs and sneezes in their sleeve (1st choice), OR a tissue (washing hands after).
SYMPTOMS of this influenza include: fever of 100 degrees or higher, cough, sore throat, and body ache. You should keep your child home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever, without any fever reducing drugs, or 7 days, whichever is longer. Students will be excluded from school, to their parent’s care if these symptoms occur at school. Assignments will be made available for students who are able to work at home.
For more information concerning the H1N1, consult www.flu.gov