Coweta County Schools

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Contact: Dean Jackson Office of Public Information
Phone: 770.254.2736
Fax: 770.254.2807
Email: dean.jackson@cowetaschools.org

January 31, 2018

Dear Parents,

Following up our communications yesterday about influenza, the Coweta County School System, with the help of our public health partners, continues to monitor cases of influenza in our school system.

Georgia Public Health officials held an update today regarding influenza in Georgia.  Their website at dph.georgia.gov includes good information about the flu and preventing the spread of influenza in our communities.  District 4 Public Health, which provides health oversight for our community, also has information available on their website at district4health.org.  More information on the flu can be found as well through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention at cdc.gov/flu.

Like all communities across Georgia and the nation, we are seeing a more intense flu season this year than we have in most recent years. Our student attendance system-wide has remained above 93% in recent days, but we have had more reports of flu or flu-like illnesses over the month of January than we did in January of 2017.   

Coweta County schools ​have ​followed several precautions​ throughout this flu season​:

 

  • All of our schools have nurses on staff that can respond to student or staff illness.  In addition to clinic visits, school nurses also monitor illnesses by school, and system nurses monitor system-wide reports and trends of flu or flu-like illness.
  • Also during flu season, our schools and school nurses communicate with students, staff and parents, based on guidance from the CDC and our District 4 Georgia Public Health officials.
  • Our schools are cleaned daily, and during flu season we intensify those efforts with additional cleaning based on illness-related tracking.

We encourage parents to stay informed during this flu season, and continue to follow precautions such as hand-washing with soap or hand sanitizer, being able to identify flu symptoms, considering flu vaccinations, seeking doctor’s treatment for flu-like illness, and keeping students with flu or flu-like illnesses home for a full day after the abatement of fever and other symptoms.

If you have any questions, please call your child’s school, the school system’s School Health office at 770-254-2799 or Dean Jackson at 678-673-7722.

 

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