School nurses report flu-like illness in students to the Brazoria County Health Department weekly. Good health and hygiene habits are very important to the health of our students, staff and visitors, and are encouraged. We strongly urge parents to keep their children home if they have any flu-like symptoms such as a fever greater than 100°F, sore throat, cough, body aches, vomiting or diarrhea until they are fever-free or without signs of a fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. Your help is critical in keeping our schools healthy this flu season.
BISD Schools help by:
Parents can help by:
- Teaching and encouraging proper hand washing technique.
- Teaching effective coughing and sneeze technique such as cough in your sleeve.
- Posting signs around the campus as a visual reminder.
- Sanitize and clean classrooms and areas where flu illness is increased.
- Offering the flu vaccine to all staff.
- Encouraging all staff to remain home when ill.
Students can help by:
- Having their families vaccinated against the flu.
- Encouraging proper hand, sneeze and cough techniques be used at home.
- Consulting their healthcare providers when flu-like illness symptoms begin. Flu like symptoms include: fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, fatigue and nasal congestion.
- Keeping their children home when ill.
- Washing their hands for twenty seconds with soap and water before and after eating, after sneezing or coughing into their hands, after using the restroom, after playing outdoors, and any other time their hands are dirty.
- Using Kleenex to sneeze and coughing into their sleeves.
- Not sharing food and drink.
- Encouraging others to do the same.