Thursday, January 16, 2014

Taking Steps to Keep Healthy During Flu Season

Flu season is the time of year when the flu virus is most common, and Pine Tree ISD takes the necessary precautions to guard students from catching it.  The district has held steady in attendance rates.  James Skeeler, Assistant Superintendent at Pine Tree ISD, said attendance rate was about 95.6 percent right now. The average for the school year is about 95.9 percent.

The district works closely with the Texas Education Agency and the Gregg County Health Department to monitor flu conditions and make decisions about the best steps to take concerning our schools.

"We routinely take steps to reduce the spread of flu in Pine Tree ISD," said Vickie Echols, Director of Communication. 

Pine Tree ISD custodians work consistently to sanitize all school buildings. As part of the prevention
for flu season, they use products recommended by the CDC, including disinfectants, Lysol, and Lysol wipes, all of which the District has on hand. Workers wear gloves and protective gear. Classrooms are also stocked with tissues and hand sanitizer. 

"We want to help our students stay healthy during the school year by taking the sanitary precautions. But, parents can also help with this, by reminding their children of a few simple routines." said Echols.

Everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses such as influenza.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Stay home if you are sick for 7 days after your symptoms begin or until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours, whichever is longer. This is to keep from infecting others and spreading the virus further.
Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention

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