The Orleans Parish School Board Offers Tips For Families To Minimize Spread Of Flu and Informs Parents When To Keep Students At Home

February 15, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – (Feb. 14, 2019) – As Orleans Parish public schools experience an uptick in student and staff absences from school due to cold and flu season, the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) would like to offer tips to prevent the flu, as well as, remind families when it is best to keep their students at home.

Students should STAY home if he or she:
Has a temperature higher than 100 degrees, even after taking medicine.
Has pink and crusty eyes.
Is throwing up or has diarrhea.

Families should call the doctor if their student:
Has a temperature higher than 100 degrees for more than two days.
Has been throwing up or has diarrhea for more than two days.
Has the sniffles for more than a week and they are not getting better.
Still has asthma symptoms after using prescribed asthma medicine.
Call 911 if he or she is having trouble breathing after using an inhaler.

Students can be sent to school if he or she:
Has a runny nose or just a little cough, but no other symptoms.
Has not thrown up or had any diarrhea for 24 hours.
Has not taken any fever reducing medicine for 24 hours and has not had a fever during that time.

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The Louisiana Department of Health also offers these tips to minimize spreading the flu:
Wash hands frequently.
Try not to touch the eyes, nose and mouth.
Cover coughs and sneezes.
Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
Call the doctor immediately to see if an antiviral medication is appropriate.
If one has cold symptoms or fever greater than 100.3, avoid others until it has passed for over 24 hours.

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