JCS responds to flu cases

JCS responds to flu cases
Posted on 04/03/2019
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- There have been reports of students and teachers missing class time because of the flu. We understand the concerns raised by parents and caregivers given the number of cases. We take the health of our students and faculty seriously and are in regular contact with officials at the Jefferson County Health Department to monitor how widespread and how severe the instances of flu are.
At this point, we do have a higher number of cases than we typically do at this time of year, but we have been reassured that it is within norms for the flu season. Still, because we want to limit the spread of the virus, we have taken the following steps.
1. All buses that transport students to and from schools with a high instance of flu have been completely disinfected at least once in the last two weeks.

2. Bus operators are disinfecting high touch areas such as windows and handrails between morning and afternoon runs daily.

3. Our custodial staff is doing their standard work to clean and disinfect classroom buildings and are taking extra precautions to disinfect hard surfaces and high contact areas, such as doorknobs.

4. Students and staff are being reminded to take basic precautions such as washing their hands regularly with soap and water, covering their mouths when they sneeze and cough, avoiding contact with sick individuals, and cleaning surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like flu.

5. Parents and caregivers are being asked to keep their child home if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms to help limit the spread of the virus.

6. Health officials have advised anyone who has not received a flu shot to do so if they are able. The shot can be valuable anytime the virus is active in a community. 

While the virus has caused some staff to miss work, we still have enough employees at all our schools to maintain the safety of our students and continue their instruction uninterrupted. We will get through this flu season as we have others in the past thanks in no small part to the guidance of medical professionals in the community who have helped us put proper precautions in place. Thank you for the continued trust and support as we work daily to keep your children healthy and safe.

About Jefferson County Schools
The mission of Jefferson County Schools is: “Through excellence in teaching and learning, Jefferson County Schools will ensure that all students value themselves and others, contribute to their community and succeed in a global society.” Jefferson County Schools represents one of the top academic districts in the state of West Virginia. The district includes 17 schools, employs more than 1,100 staff members and enrolls more than 9,000 students. Visit boe.jeff.k12.wv.us to learn more about Jefferson County Schools.

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