All children have the right to learn and reach their maximum potential in an environment that is safe and free from danger. In order to maximize this learning, we believe that students need to be healthy. Good health is more than the absence of illness or disease. It is also the ability to function at an optimum level of physiological, emotional, and psychological well-being.
Managing the Flu Together
Flu season in Texas runs October - March. We at Waxahachie ISD know that preparation is key. By working together as parents, staff, and students, we can help to reduce the outbreak within our school district. Below are some simple steps that each of us can take:
- Know the symptoms: Flu-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, fatigue, and nasal congestion.
- Stay home: Stay home if you experience a fever greater than 100.0 degrees and until you are fever-free without Tylenol or Advil for at least 24 hours. Stay home if you have large amounts of secretions such as coughing and sneezing. Stay home if you experience vomiting and/or diarrhea and until you have been free of vomiting and/or diarrhea for 24 hours.
- Wash hands: Wash hands with hot water and soap or use hand sanitizers several times throughout the day especially before eating, after using the restroom, and playing outside.
- Cough & sneeze properly: Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or use Kleenex. Never cough or sneeze into your hands.
- Disinfect: Disinfect frequently touched items daily.
- Do not share: Never share food or drink and encourage others to do the same.
- Vaccinate: Get a flu vaccination as they are still available at doctors’ offices, drug stores, and health clinics.
- Practice the 3 C's: Cough into your sleeve, clean your hands frequently, and contain the flu by staying home when you are sick.