School nurses help with fight against flu in schools

Flu season is upon us, and school nurses play a key role in sharing information about flu prevention in schools.

School nurses provide education to their staff and families on the prevention of influenza. Measures include hand washing guidelines, respiratory hygiene, cough etiquette and staying home from work and school when ill.

The Center for Disease Control recommends that everyone six months of age and older get a seasonal influenza vaccine each year. Other CDC action steps for schools to prevent the spread of flu include:

  • Educating students and staff to cover their mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
  • Remind teachers, staff and students and staff to practice good hand hygiene and provide the time and supplies for them to wash the hands as often as necessary
  • Send sick students and staff home until they no longer have a fever
  • Encourage early medical evaluation for sick students and staff
  • Stay in regular communication with local public health officials

Current attendance data has not shown an increase in absences from flu. However, the flu season is here and we will continue to support our students and staff during this time.

If you need more information about your school, you may contact your school nurse.

  • Emily Pereira, RN NCSN Tryon Elementary and Saluda Elementary
  • Kayla Edwards, RN Polk Central Elementary and Sunny View Elementary
  • Peggy Edwards, RN NCSN Preschools
  • Debbie Gilbert, RN NCSN Polk County Middle School
  • Jennifer Huskey, RN NCSN Polk County High School
  • Kathy Harding, RN NCSN Polk County Schools