Valley Center Parents Told Of Suspected H1N1 Case

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August 31, 2009

Parents of Valley Center school students have been told a student is being treated for the H1N1 virus. An e-mail sent to parents today said the diagonsis has not been confirmed, and the student is being treated at home.

Valley Center school superintendent Scott Springston said the student attends Wheatland Elementary, which serves 4th and 5th graders. The student has not been identified.

In the e-mail, parents were told of preventative steps being taken in the school. Daily custodial cleaning of all surfaces routinely touched by students has been emphasized. Hand sanitizers are available in all classrooms and students are encouraged to use them along with frequent hand washing.

Students who have a fever at school will move to an isolation room until a parent is able to pick them up. This measure is to prevent further infection of other students and staff.

According to a Sedgwick County official, 14 kids at Hadley Middle School have been sent home with flu-like symptoms.

The Kansas Department of Education says they are not compiling a list of schools or numbers of kids with H1N1.

The Sedgwick County Health Department and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment recommend the following measures when students become infected and to prevent infection.

1. Infected students should be kept at home until their fever returns to normal for a 24 hour period without the use of fever-reducing medication. Students returning to school will have their temperature checked.

2. Have contingency plans in place for care of your children who will be at home for a few days with the flu.

3. Insure your contact information is accurate so the school can reach you if your child becomes ill at school. It will be necessary to call parents to take their child home.

4. Insist that family members cover their mouth and noses when coughing and sneezing. Provide plenty of tissue paper in your home.

5. Wash hands often with soap and water, especially after sneezing and coughing. has set up a special page with information on H1N1. You can see it by clicking here.

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