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Cold and Flu Season Reminders and Tips

District 300 Families, 

As we continue through cold and flu season, District 300 would like to provide some general tips to best protect your families from potential illness.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have outlined the following steps to decrease the spread of germs:

  • Stay away from people who are sick as much as possible 

  • If you or your child are sick, avoid others as much as possible to keep from infecting them

  • Regularly cover your coughs and sneezes

  • Wash your hands often

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

  • Clean surfaces that may be contaminated with the flu viruses

District 300 would also like to provide information for parents whose child or children may have contracted the flu. 

  • If your child has the flu, should he or she still go to school?

    • No. If your child has flu-like symptoms and a fever of 100 degrees or more, they should not attend school to prevent the risk of spreading germs to other students or staff members.

  • If your child has the flu, should you inform the school?

    • Yes. Should your child develop a fever of (or higher than) 100 degrees and has a sore throat or cough, she or he has a flu-like illness.  Please report these symptoms when calling in your student’s absence. In turn, District 300 school nurses provide this information to our local Health Departments. Please note: personal information (such as student names) will not be provided to the Health Department. Rather, school nurses provide the total number of students with flu-like symptoms

  • If my child has the flu, when should he or she return to school?

    • District 300’s policy aligns with the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “keep your child home from school, daycare, or camp for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone (the fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine). A fever is defined as 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.”

For more information about how to best prevent the spread of the flu, please click here to access The Flu: A Guide for Parents published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In addition to cold and flu, you have likely heard about Coronavirus due to recent media coverage. At this time, District 300 does not have any suspected cases of Coronavirus. Additionally, according to a recent news release from the Kane County Health Department, “there have been no positive cases of individuals with the 2019 Novel Coronavirus in Kane County.”

District 300 maintains regular communication with the Kane County Health Department and will keep apprised of any updates related to Coronavirus. Should District 300 receive any concerning information, it will be shared with parents and guardians. 

For more information about Coronavirus, please click here to view information compiled by the Kane County Health Department.