PWCS is reflecting nationwide flu trends with a high number of our students out sick this week and several of our schools reporting widespread illness. There is no reason for alarm and we are working with the Prince William Health District to monitor the illnesses.
Parents are reminded to be alert for any symptoms of influenza-like illnesses. The symptoms include fever and any two of the following: cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue, and occasionally vomiting and diarrhea. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), children should stay home if they experience flu-like symptoms, and remain at home at least 24 hours after any fever subsides without the use of fever-reducing medication.
Please refer to our guidelines
if you have questions about when to keep your child home.
Some tips to stay healthy include:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Clean hands with an alcohol-based hand cleaner if soap and water are not available.
- Cover your nose and mouth with your sleeve or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
Stay home when you are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth to prevent the spread of germs.
- Avoid close contact with those who have symptoms of flu.
- Seek care for you or your child if needed, and please call ahead to your health care provider's office to tell them what symptoms you have, so they can see you quickly and prevent exposing other people in the waiting room.