Thursday, October 9, 2014

Pine Tree ISD takes precautionary steps to stop spread of viruses


With the recent outbreaks of Ebola and Enterovirus as well as the upcoming flu season, Pine Tree ISD is taking precautionary measures to help decrease the spread of viruses.

The district’s nurses are in regular communication with the Department of Health and will follow any additional precautions that might be advised.  PTISD district nurses and teachers educate and encourage students and staff to use proper hygiene and proper cough etiquette to maintain healthy practices.

The best defense is a good offense when it comes to cold and flu season.  The district’s custodial staff checks and fills restroom dispensers daily to ensure that proper hygiene can be maintained by the district’s students and staff.  Restrooms are sanitized daily and checked frequently throughout the day to ensure a high level of cleanliness is maintained to minimize the spread of germs.

The symptoms of EV-D68 include the following:
Mild symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough and body
  and muscle aches.
Severe symptoms may include wheezing and difficulty breathing.

Anyone with respiratory illness should contact their doctor if they are having difficulty breathing or if their symptoms are getting worse.  Children are at risk for severe symptoms from EV-D86 and other respiratory illnesses.  They should follow CDC's guidance to maintain control of their illness during this time.

You can protect yourself and your child from getting and spreading EV-D68 and other respiratory illnesses by following these steps:
Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with
  people who are sick.
Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not your hands.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs,
  especially if ​someone is sick.
Stay home when you are sick.

PTISD follows the state directive regarding the treatment of illness and fever in children.  If a child has fever at school, the child is sent home and cannot return to school until they have been fever-free for 24 hours.

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