Flu season is here and Spring Valley wants to keep our students and the adults who care for them healthy. Richland County is experiencing a rise in seasonal influenza (flu) cases. Flu is different from the common cold. Please do not send your child to school if they have a fever. Early symptoms of the flu include a cough or sore throat with a fever greater than 100 degrees F. Students need to remain at home until they have been fever-free for 24 hours without the benefit of fever-reducing medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
Other ways to prevent spreading the flu:
- Wash hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and water and dry hands with a paper towel.
- Place paper towels for use next to all sinks instead of cloth hand towels.
- Keep your children home from school if they have a cough or sore throat and a temperature greater than 100 degrees F.
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue, or into your upper sleeve or elbow, rather than your hands
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
If you develop symptoms of the flu, seek medical care.