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posted Jan 29, 2018, 6:46 AM by Ashley Roberts   [ updated Jan 29, 2018, 6:47 AM ]

Parents and Guardians:

     We have had a number of cases of influenza in the school.   The local media has been reporting numerous other confirmed cases in southwest Wisconsin. We are doing what we can at school to limit the spread of the flu, and other contagious diseases.  In order to be proactive, and to help prevent the spread of the flu, we have attached some preventative actions on the bottom of this page, and a screening tool on the back side of this page.  Please be aware of the indications the flu, and talk to your children about habits which prevent it’s spread.  Thanks for your support, and let me know if you have any concerns.


                                                                   David Boland

                                                                   Elementary Principal

                                                                   Seneca Area School District




 Everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, the Center for Disease Control recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.












Influenza-like Illness Symptom Screening Tool

for Families and Schools


The symptoms of influenza (flu) include fever, cough, sore throat, and sometimes body aches, headache, chills and feeling tired.  Some people also have diarrhea and vomiting.  The most important thing that you can do to keep flu from spreading in the community is to keep your sick child at home.  Use the following check list to help decide if you or someone in your family may have the flu:

ÿ Yes ÿ  No              Does your child have a fever of 100 degrees or higher?


ÿ Yes ÿ  No              Does your child have a cough?


ÿ Yes ÿ  No              Does your child have a sore throat?


ÿ Yes ÿ  No              Does your child have a headache, body aches or chills?


ÿ Yes ÿ  No              Does your child have vomiting or diarrhea?



§  If you checked yes to fever of 100 degrees or higher and one or more of the other symptoms, your child has an influenza-like illness.  Keep your child home for 7 days after symptoms start or until your child is completely well for two full days, whichever is longer. Even though your child is feeling better they still can pass the virus to other people.


§  If you checked “yes” to only one of the questions above, or if your child is ill with other symptoms, keep your child at home at least one day to observe for other symptoms. If other symptoms develop, use the check list questions again to decide whether to continue keep the child home.  Send your child back to school after he or she has been completely well for 48 hours.


§  If your child has been diagnosed, by a healthcare provider, with a different illness, such as strep, follow your healthcare provider’s recommendation and school policy for when to return to school.




§  If you checked “yes” for fever AND one of the other symptoms, tell your child’s attendance office that your child is home with influenza-like illness.

§  If your child has been diagnosed by a healthcare provider with a different illness, such as strep, tell your child’s attendance office.

§  Schools will notify the Crawford County Public Health Department of any child, or staff with a diagnosis of a reportable illness.


For more information contact the Crawford County Public Health Department at 608-326-0229


Ashley Roberts,
Jan 29, 2018, 6:46 AM