WCSD notifying parents of reports of flu-like illness

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WASHOE COUNTY, Nev. (KOLO) - The Washoe County School District has a health message for parents after an increase in influenza-like illnesses in a number of schools in the District.

In a release, the district says:

During the past few weeks, we have seen an increased number of reports of influenza-like illness in a number of schools in the District. This has led to an increase in the number of students and staff members who have been absent or sent home due to fever, nausea, and vomiting.

The Washoe County School District has been working closely with the Washoe County Health District on prevention measures. We continue to collaborate with health officials to implement preventative measures such as thorough cleaning and exclusion of sick students and staff members.

The Health District has met with school district officials to discuss proactive strategies for halting the spread of illness. Until we see a decrease in the number of students or staff who are out sick with influenza-like illness, the following recommendation for exclusion of students and staff at our schools are in effect:

• Any student or staff member who has nausea, vomiting, and/or fever must be excluded from work
or class for 24 hours after the symptoms resolve.
• For example, if a student or staff member experiences fever and vomiting beginning on a Friday afternoon, and the symptoms clear up on Sunday morning, the student or staff member must stay home
for 24 more hours—until Monday morning—before returning to school or other public activities.

Again, the 24-hour exclusion policy for fever and/or vomiting is in place at a number of schools in the Washoe County School District.

If you have any questions, please call your child’s school or Student Health Services at 353-5966.

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