Cold and flu season has arrived, and many school districts have reported higher than usual absences due to student and staff illness. While Jarrell ISD cannot confirm every absence attributed to the flu, we have experienced an increase in reported illnesses in recent weeks.
JISD administrators and staff are diligently tracking our absence rates, as we do every day, because student safety is always our highest priority. Campus nurses and clinic personnel are monitoring all illnesses and reporting flu and flu-like cases to local health departments.
If your child is sick with a fever (99.5 F or higher), please do not send him/her to school. Keep your sick child home for at least 24 hours after the fever has subsided. Your child may return to school after his/her temperature returns to normal for 24 hours without medication. If a healthcare provider confirms that your child has the flu, please let your school nurse know.
Our goal is to decrease the exposure to the flu while limiting the disruption to learning. As such, JISD would like to inform you of the steps we continue to take to prevent the transmission of the flu.
Campus nurses continue to assess and monitor student and staff illness; student and staff who are ill will be sent home.
- Staff is reviewing proper hand-washing techniques and cough etiquette for students.
- Teachers are having students wash their hands throughout the day as needed.
- Custodial staff are cleaning district-wide facilities and classrooms daily and as needed including commonly-touched surfaces and areas such as classrooms, desks, tables, chairs, doorknobs, table tops and seats, water fountains, sinks/faucets and locker rooms.
- Transportation staff are disinfecting seats on all buses after each run (morning and afternoon).
While there is no way to guarantee that students will not get sick, parents can support the district’s efforts to reduce the spread of germs by following preventative actions at home such as:
- Teach your children to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based rub.
- Remind family members to use tissues to cover the mouth and nose when they cough or sneeze. Throw away the tissue after use. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your sleeve or elbow.
- Use paper towels to dry hands or assign each family member his/her own hand-drying towel.
- Teach your children not to share personal items, such as drinks, food, or unwashed utensils.
- Know the signs and symptoms of the flu and how it is spread. Symptoms include fever, sore throat, headache, and cough. Many people also have a runny nose, fatigue, body aches, loss of appetite, nausea and/or diarrhea. Again, please keep your child home if he/she is experiencing any of these symptoms.
- Talk to your health care provider about the flu vaccine.
JISD monitors attendance rates and illness reports on a daily basis. In the event that Jarrell ISD would examine the possibility of closing a campus due to illness, the district would work in coordination with the local health department and consider numerous factors, including if the absence rate is at 30 percent or higher and the impact the closure would have on district operations.
Please visit the following website for additional information about the flu: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/consumer/prevention.htm.