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Message from Lancaster ISD Communications Department: Influenza Activity in Dallas County

If your child is ill with flu-like symptoms, it is extremely necessary for you to keep him/her at home. Students cannot return to school until the fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without the help of anti-fever medicines.
 
A doctor’s note is not required for the student to return to school since most children with mild flu symptoms usually recover in a few days and do not need to be seen by a doctor.
 
However, if your child shows signs of severe illness – such as difficulty breathing – please seek immediate emergency care.
 
Finally, please continue to remind your children to wash their hands and to use hand-sanitizer regularly, cover their cough, avoid touching their face and to stay away from other sick people as much as possible.
 
We are monitoring and reporting all local cases of influenza to the Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services.
 
While the education of our children is our paramount focus, we must still ensure that we maintain a safe and healthy learning environment. At this time, parents should not take well children without underlying medical conditions out of school. Influenza epidemics evolve in unpredictable ways. Be aware that if the situation becomes more severe, we will notify you immediately.
 
For more information about flu, call 1-800-CDC-INFO or visit www.flu.gov. Dallas County influenza resources and updates are available at: http://www.dallascounty.org/hhs.