Flu season is now upon us in Mill Valley. Click Here for Marin County Flu Notices 2018
The schools have noticed an increase in students with flu/flu symptoms in the last week. If you notice any symptoms, please keep your child home from school so that we can keep the infection rate down.
Usually flu is spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing. Occasionally, people get the flu from touching a germ infested surface. People with the flu may be able to infect others by shedding virus from 1 day before getting sick to 5-7 after. However, children with weakened immune systems can shed virus for longer, and might be still contagious past 5-7 days of being sick, especially if they still have symptoms.
Common symptoms of the flu include high fever, severe headache, muscle and body aches, chills, sore throat, exhaustion and dry cough. Children may also have nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Often cold symptoms come on gradually and they include stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat and hacking cough.
Our Mill Valley School District Policy requires that you keep your child home from school when:
- Your child has a fever. Please keep your sick children home from school until they have been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
- Your child has had two or more episodes of vomiting or diarrhea in the past 24 hours, or has had one episode in the past 24 hours and feels tired or ill- keep them home.
From our experience we have learned that sick children seldom, if ever, gain anything by attending school. Keeping ill children at home also protects other children, their family and the school staff from infection.
Please check the school website for links to more information about the flu and other health related concerns. Click Here: Mill Valley School District Flu Notice 1.18.2018
Please contact the District Nurse, Nancy Nakae RN if you have specific questions or concerns. She may be reached at email@example.com or at 415-389-7711 extension 7768.