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Help Prevent Flu at PPS!

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Help Prevent Flu at PPS!
Posted on 02/12/2020
This is the image for the news article titled Help Prevent Flu at PPS!It’s flu season in Maine, and schools in other districts have had to close because so many students are sick. That’s not the case at the Portland Public Schools. Please help keep it that way! Here are some helpful reminders about steps we all can take to keep Portland students healthy so they can do their best learning.

To prevent the spread of flu and other illnesses: 

Both children and adults should get the flu vaccine. That is the best prevention and it’s not too late! Flu shots are still available at doctor’s offices, pharmacies, and our school-based health centers. Although some people who get the vaccine may still get the flu, they’ll typically have milder symptoms and not be sick for as long.

Keep sick children at home, especially with a fever. Students should stay home until they are without a fever for 24 hours. Children diagnosed with the flu should stay home for 5 days.

Remind/teach children to wash hands often and to cover coughs and sneezes. 

Contact your child's school nurse if you are unsure if your child is well enough for school. 

Know that the most important job for EVERYONE in the school – students, staff, visitors and volunteers – is washing hands! The Centers for Disease control says that is the first line of defense for fending off disease. Wash with soap and water for 15 seconds, about as long as it takes to recite the alphabet.

No one likes getting the flu and for some people, it can be life threatening. Let’s get ahead of the flu! If we all work as a team to prevent flu cases and stop it from spreading, we can ensure that our students have a healthy and productive winter and spring of learning.

To read a letter to families about flu prevention from Superintendent Xavier Botana, click HERE.

To read a letter to staff about flu prevention from Superintendent Xavier Botana, click HERE.