Increased number of influenza-like illnesses reported in number of Washoe Co. schools


    Increased number of influenza-like illnesses reported in number of Washoe Co. schools (MGN Online)

    The Washoe County School District has reported an increased number of influenza-like illnesses in a number of schools in the district during the past few weeks.

    In a message sent to parents and families this has led to an increase in the number of students and staff members who have been absent or sent home due to fever, nausea, and vomiting.

    According to the district, they have been working closely with the Washoe County Health District on prevention measures.

    We continue to collaborate with health officials to implement preventative measures such as thorough cleaning and exclusion of sick students and staff members.
    The Health District has met with school district officials to discuss proactive strategies for halting the spread of illness. Until we see a decrease in the number of students or staff who are out sick with influenza-like illness, the following recommendation for exclusion of students and staff at our schools are in effect:
    • Any student or staff member who has nausea, vomiting, and/or fever must be excluded from work or class for 24 hours after the symptoms resolve.
    • For example, if a student or staff member experiences fever and vomiting beginning on a Friday afternoon, and the symptoms clear up on Sunday morning, the student or staff member must stay home for 24 more hours—until Monday morning—before returning to school or other public activities.

    Any parents with questions is asked to call their child’s school or Student Health Services at 353-5966.

    Parents can also visit the WCSD website at http://www.washoeschools.net/domain/514


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