ROCORI H1N1 information:
Dear Parent or Guardian:
Like other schools in the area, ROCORI is experiencing a few confirmed cases of H1N1 and many flu-like symptoms among the student body. We appreciate the cooperation demonstrated by families in reporting illnesses and symptoms through the early part of the fall.
Like any flu virus, H1N1 can be a serious disease. Most of the H1N1 cases in Minnesota have been school-aged children. ROCORI hopes to keep school open and functioning in a normal manner and would appreciate your help with the prevention steps outlined below.
Influenza spreads when a person with the flu coughs or sneezes. You can help us prevent the spread of flu by taking the following steps.
Keep your child home if they have symptoms of the flu. That means a fever of 100 degrees or higher, with a cough and/or sore throat. You should check your child for these symptoms each morning before sending them to school. Students who have these symptoms at school will be sent home. Other symptoms that may occur with flu include runny nose, headache, body aches, vomiting and diarrhea (in addition to fever and cough or sore throat).
2. Wash hands often.
3. Cover coughs and sneezes. Hands should not be used to cover a cough or sneeze. Cough into a tissue or your elbow.
Sick students should stay home for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone without use of fever-reducing drugs like Tylenol or Motrin. Usually that means staying home for 5-7 days.
5. Learn how to care for a person with flu symptoms at home and when to seek medical attention.
For more information, please feel free to visit the Minnesota Department of Health website at www.health.state.mn.us or the federal flu website at www.flu.gov.
If novel H1N1 influenza begins causing more severe disease, some of the recommendations in this letter may change. If there are significant changes to procedures shared with us, we will certainly pass them along to you. Thank you for your assistance in helping to reduce the spread of influenza in our schools.