Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What happens if a student shows flu symptoms while at school?
A: Students with flu-like symptoms will be sent to the district's health office. So as to mimimize any potential exposure to healthy students, ill students will remain in the health office until a parent or guardian can pick up the student. Any staff member with flu symptoms will also return home.
Q: What is the school district doing to ensure my child is safe at school?
A: Each school is educating students and staff through various means of communication on the following points:
Q: As a parent/guardian, what can I do to help control the spread of the flu?
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
- Put your used tissue in the waste basket.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Avoid contact with sick people.
- Stay home if you are sick to avoid spreading the virus to others.
A: Monitor your child for flu symptoms. If symptoms appear, have your child remain at home until he or she has been without a fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. This will help limit the spread of the disease. Your child will be sent home if they come to school with any symptoms consistent with the flu. In the event you cannot miss work while your child is ill, please make arrangements ahead of time for day care. Schools cannot allow sick children to stay in the health office due to exposure to other children and school staff.
Q: Should family members of the sick person stay home from work or school?
A: Not unless the family members have symptoms. Parents/guardians should monitor siblings carefully and keep them home if they show any symptoms.
Q: What kind of cleaning will be done in the schools?
A: Aspen School District custodial staff will continue to clean our schools and classrooms according to our guidelines. Our goal is to keep students and staff healthy and safe. If it becomes necessary to increase our cleaning efforts during flu season, which would be recommended by the district nurse and implemented through the Director of Facilities and Maintenance, that would be done once the recommendation has been approved by the Superintendent.
For additional FAQ: The Flu Season (provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention).