MPCS is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our students and staff. Consistent with the community and other school divisions around us, MPCS is experiencing increased levels of Influenza activity. As a result, the Administration in collaboration with Nursing and the Prince William Health District, have been monitoring absenteeism and reported illnesses on a daily basis. As a team, we will continue to communicate daily in order to assess and evaluate current trends and prevalence of illness in our community.
In response to this widespread community health issue, MPCS has employed an increased level of sanitary measures to reduce the risk of further transmission of both Influenza and Norovirus. We strongly encourage our families and all staff to take precautionary measures to assist with these efforts.
Many of the recommendations to keep your children and families healthy are the same for all of the seasonal infections. As a precaution, we would like to review recommendations for protecting the health of our school community by reminding parents/guardians to practice the following:
- Be sure that all household members 6 months and older receive the flu vaccine.
- If your child is ill, consult with your child’s doctor.
- If your child has difficulty breathing or new or worsening wheezing, consult with the child’s doctor.
- Ill children should stay home from school to prevent the spread of germs. If the child has a fever, the child should stay home until 24 hours after the fever has resolved without the use of fever-reducing medications.
- If your child is asthmatic, ensure that the controller and rescue medicines are up-to-date and available as needed.
To prevent the spread of germs, these tips should be followed everyday:
For more information about Influenza and Norovirus please click on the links below.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers or using the restroom.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.