Health Office Update

Multiple cases of influenza-like illness (ILI) have been reported to our attendance and/or health offices in ISD 477 recently. This is to be expected, since respiratory diseases, such as RSV, influenza and influenza-like illnesses have increased significantly throughout Minnesota in the past several weeks. Influenza-like illness (ILI) is defined as a fever of 100.0 F or greater and cough or sore throat (in the absence of a known disease other than influenza). The number of students with ILI who are absent or sent home has reached 5 percent (5%) of the total school enrollment in some of our buildings, and these cases, reported to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

We encourage you to use this questionnaire each day your child is sick with influenza-like symptoms and follow the guidance from MDH for when to keep your child home. The decision to return to school should be based on clinical symptoms, including the child being fever free for at least 24 hours, lack of shortness of breath, and some improvement of overall symptoms allowing them to participate in all school activities. For additional guidance and infoformation related to influencze, please visit Influenza (flu) Information for Parents.

ISD 477 staff will continue to monitor and assist to stop the spread of germs that make our students and others sick by encouraging proper hand-washing techniques, working with health officials to educate others and implement best practices, and to disinfect and sanitize buildings thoroughly.

Please contact your child's Health Office if you have questions or need further information.

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