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Cold and Flu Season Tips and Updates From DuPage County Health Department

As the District 45 community continues through cold and flu season, we would like to provide some general tips to best protect your families from potential illness. Additionally, DuPage County Health Department has distributed information about Coronavirus that D45 would like to share.

Cold and Flu Season Tips

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have outlined the following steps to decrease the spread of germs:

  • Stay away from people who are sick as much as possible 
  • If you or your child are sick, avoid others as much as possible to keep from infecting them
  • Regularly cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Wash your hands often
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Clean surfaces that may be contaminated with the flu viruses

District 45 would also like to provide information for parents whose child or children may have contracted the flu. Please note, District 45 defines a fever as 99.6 degrees or more.

  • If your child has the flu, should he or she still go to school?
    • No. If your child has flu-like symptoms and a fever of 99.6 degrees or more, they should not attend school to prevent the risk of spreading germs to other students or staff members.
  • If your child has the flu, should you inform the school?
    • Yes. Should your child develop a fever of (or higher than) 99.6 degrees and has a sore throat or cough, she or he has a flu-like illness. Please report these symptoms when calling in your student’s absence. In turn, District 45 school nurses provide this information to our local Health Department. Please note: personal information (such as student names) will not be provided to the Health Department. Rather, school nurses provide the total number of students with flu-like symptoms.
  • If my child has the flu, when should he or she return to school?
    • Please keep your child home from school for at least 24 hours after a fever is gone (the fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine). A fever is defined as 99.6 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.

For more information about how to best prevent the spread of the flu, please click here to access The Flu: A Guide for Parents published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Update from DuPage County Health Department

In addition to cold and flu, you have likely heard about Coronavirus due to recent media coverage. As of this article’s publication (2/5/20), District 45 does not have any suspected cases of Coronavirus. For more information, please click here to view the latest news from the DuPage County Health Department. Additionally, DuPage County Health Department provided an official statement specifically for K-12 schools. Click below to read the statement.

Information and Interim Guidance for K-12 Schools, Illinois