Staying Healthy During Flu Season

Staying Healthy During Flu Season
Posted on 01/13/2020
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keeping students healthy graphicKeeping our students healthy during this time of year can be a challenge, but Lakota has put many safeguards in place to keep illnesses from spreading.

Lakota’s registered nurses monitor all illnesses (such as influenza-like illness, strep throat and GI issues). They look at the reasons why students are absent, as well as symptoms being seen in the clinics to discover any patterns in classrooms, grade levels and across the school building. 

Lakota’s Manager of Health Care Services, Lauren Brown, also uses a software program to monitor illnesses across the district. “When we see an increased incidence of an illness we notify the custodial staff to focus on cleaning the classroom(s) and common areas affected,” said Brown. “We also send letters to classes when we reach at least 20% of students with the same illness. Lastly, we work closely with the local health department when we see unusual patterns or rates of illness and seek their input on control measures.”

Preventing illness in the first place is key. Our teachers and staff encourage good handwashing and the use of sanitizer, as well as cough/sneeze etiquette (covering cough/sneeze with the crook of elbow and not the hands). 

Lakota recommends that parents keep ill students at home, so students don’t spread germs or catch others. Click here for guidelines on when to keep your sick child at home. You can also visit our Health Services webpage for a Flu Guide for Parents, 5 Steps to Proper Handwashing and other helpful resources.