Keeping our Students Healthy
By: WebmasterDate: Sep 18, 2014 Tags: School News, Uncategorized
Recently, the Center for Disease Control shared that the Enterovirus D68 continues to challenge children’s health throughout the nation. Our school is working to offer information and insight into protective measures. Though the virus has not been reported in our community, we commit to precautionary measures that prevent the spread of the virus. Plymouth Christian’s maintenance and custodial staff will continue to comply with thorough practices that include cleaning and disinfecting desks, doorknobs, and bathroom surfaces, while all staff will continue to monitor shared access to school supplies and instructional items. It is our consistent practice to encourage proper and thorough hand washing with soap and water before and after lunch, recess and after using the restroom. Please take some time to acquaint yourself with information regarding the symptoms and spread of the disease as we work collaboratively to support the health of our entire learning community.
We are praying for you and your family’s continued health.
Caryn Huntsman, Superintendent | K-12 Principal
Keep Your Child from Getting and Spreading Enterovirus D68
Information taken from Center for Disease Control FAQ Regarding Enterovirus D68
- Avoid close contact with sick people
- Wash your hands often
- Cover your coughs and sneezes by coughing and sneezing into your elbow
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
- Clean and disinfect surfaces
- Stay home when you’re sick
Q: What is enterovirus D68?
A: Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of many non-polio enteroviruses. This virus was first identified in California in 1962, but it has not been commonly reported in the United States.
Q: What are the symptoms of EV-D68 infection?
A: EV-D68 can cause mild to severe respiratory illness.
- Mild symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, body and muscle aches.
- Severe symptoms may include difficulty breathing and wheezing. People with asthma may have a higher risk for severe respiratory illness.
Q: How does the virus spread?
A: Since EV-D68 causes respiratory illness, the virus can be found in respiratory secretions, such as saliva, nasal mucus, or sputum. EV-D68 likely spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches contaminated surfaces.
Q: How can I protect myself?
A: You can help protect yourself from respiratory illnesses by following these steps:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
Since people with asthma are higher risk for respiratory illnesses, they should regularly take medicines and maintain control of their illness during this time. They should also take advantage of influenza vaccine since people with asthma have a difficult time with respiratory illnesses.