You probably know someone sick right now with the flu, and its no different at Rockford schools.
An increase in absences began before winter break in Rockford District 205. So far this year, today is the first major increase in absences. When a flu outbreak happened in the past, cleaning crews were asked to pay extra attention to more commonly touched surfaces. But until that happens, school administrators advise everyone to follow simple steps.
Rockford District 205 Health Services Supervisor Mary Fisher says, "If we didn't tell every child that entered our office to wash their hands, cover their cough and stay home if they're sick, we'd be neglecting our duties. So even more than normal we're helping parents, students and staff understand that that's the very best way to reduce the spread of disease."
Fisher asks parents to keep an extra eye out for any symptoms of fever or cough before letting them head to school.
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