Weekly Feature

2009-07-01 / Education

Williamsville School District continues to monitor flu viruses during summer

As hundreds of children get ready to start summer school on July 6 in the Williamsville Central School District, school officials will continue to watch for any sign of flu-like illness among students and staff.

Persons who have been diagnosed with Influenza A or H1N1 are asked to stay home for a minimum of seven days pursuant to guidelines issued by the Erie County Health Department.

Students who arrive to school and show symptoms of influenza like illness will be asked to report directly to the school health office where the nurse will screen them to determine if they will be allowed to go class. If a student becomes ill while in school, they will be taken to the nurse's office and sent home as soon as possible.

According to revised New York State Department of Health guidelines, students who have not been diagnosed with a medically confirmed case of either Influenza A or H1N1 (swine flu), but have experienced influenza like illness, may return to school 24-hours after the symptoms have ended.

"We want to reduce the spread of infection as much as possible," said Superintendent Howard Smith. "The school district has been working closely with the Erie County Department of Health since the global onset of the H1N1 influenza."

Since early May, the Williamsville Central School District has been notified of confirmed cases in six of its schools — Transit Middle, Maple West Elementary, Country Parkway Elementary, Heim Elementary, Maple East Elementary, and Casey Middle.

According to Smith, the school district has been adhering to a more rigorous cleaning regimen at all of its schools, developed cooperatively with the health department.

"We will remain vigilant with regard to cleaning, disinfecting, and proper hygiene," he said. "Throughout the summer months we will continue to take all necessary precautions to protect the health and safety of our students and staff."

If parents have any questions about their child's summer school attendance, call the appropriate school office, as follows: high school, 626-8430; middle school, 626-8500; and elementary school, 626-8200.

Visit www.williamsville.ny.us.

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