RCS responds to CDC changes for Swine Flu closures
Posted: Tuesday, May 5, 2009 4:03 pm
No Rutherford County school has identified any cases of Swine Flu among employees or students, but should cases arise Rutherford County Schools will follow suggested guidelines.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have modified their recommendations concerning school closures for the H1N1 virus (Swine Flu), and Rutherford County Schools will continue to follow the CDC’s recommendations.
The CDC now recommends that schools not close if a singular case of Swine Flu is diagnosed in a student or employee. However, RCS will continue to monitor suspected cases and if multiple cases are reported at a given school, the district reserves the right to close the affected school to lessen the risk of further exposure.
District schools will continue to reinforce good hygiene practices, such as frequent hand washing, the proper method for coughing/sneezing, and sending students home who are sick.
Any student or employee displaying symptoms of the flu will continue to be isolated and sent home until they recover. Parents should keep their children home if they have a fever of more than 100 degrees and should see a health care provider.