• Reduce the Spread of Flu
    As you may know, flu can be easily spread from person to person. Therefore, we are taking steps to reduce the spread of flu in Rockford Area Schools.
    We work closely with the Minnesota Department of Education and the county and state health departments to monitor flu conditions and make decisions about the best steps to take concerning schools.
    We do everything we can to keep our students stay healthy while in school. Here are a few things you can do to help.
    * Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub. You can set a good example by doing this yourself.
    * Teach your children not to share personal items like drinks, food or unwashed utensils, and to cover their coughs and sneezes with tissues. Covering up their coughs or sneezes using the elbow, arm or sleeve instead of the hand when a tissue is unavailable.
    * Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. Symptoms of the flu include fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit, 37.8 degrees Celsius or greater), cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, and feeling very tired. Some people may also vomit or have diarrhea.
    * Keep sick children at home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have fever or do not have signs of fever, without using fever-reducing drugs. Keeping children with a fever at home will reduce the number of people who may get infected.
    * Do not send children to school if they are sick. Any children who are determined to be sick while at school will be sent home.
    * Get vaccinated against the seasonal flu.
    For more information, visit www.flu.gov, or call 1-800-CDC-INFO for the most current information about the flu. For more information about flu in our community and what our school is doing, visit our website or call the school nurse at 763-477-5837 ext. 1015. We will notify you of any additional changes to our school’s strategy to prevent the spread of flu.