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Jefferson Middle School

3001 Allis St.
Springfield, IL 62703


October 15, 2009

Extra precaution measures are put in place to protect students and staff across the District

Thursday, October 15, 2009 – Springfield Public Schools has heightened its efforts in dealing with the recent H1N1 flu outbreak by enacting tougher cleaning standards and other precautions District-wide.

All principals were informed today to take extra care in dealing with sick children and adults during this heightened flu season. The SPS Health Services Department has advised active screening for illness which means that all students and adults with at least two Influenza-like Illness (ILI) symptoms are sent home. Some primary ILI symptoms include sore throat, cough, and runny-nose (new and unexplained by allergies), with or without fever. Those with fevers have also been instructed to remain home until fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications, such as Tylenol.

District staff are stepping up their efforts to enhance cleaning of areas often touched by students and staff including: keyboards, desks, visibly soiled areas, doorknobs and desks.

Nation-wide, there is a higher incidence of the flu and ILI this year. Schools are a likely place for higher rates of infection because there are so many people together on a daily basis. We are beginning to see higher rates of absences in both students and staff. This may continue through the flu season. The health services staff is monitoring the number of absences daily and working with individual schools that have higher rates of illness.

In addition to the extra measures SPS will continue to practice the 3 C’s.
Clean, Cover, and Contain:
• Clean communal surfaces and wash hands regularly
• Cover coughs and sneezes
• Contain the illness by staying home when ill… when a fever is associated with the illness, that person should stay home 24 hours after the fever is gone

The website www.flu.gov is the recommended source for information.