Letter from Superintendent Gayle Sloan Regarding Swine Flu Situation

Dear Parents and Caregivers:

There is a lot of concern in our community right now about the H1N1 virus, commonly known as the Swine Flu. I want to assure you that the St. Tammany Parish Public School System is taking every precaution possible to keep this virus and other infections from spreading.

When H1N1 first emerged in the spring, the Centers for Disease Control did not know a lot about the virus, which led to an abundance of caution and some school closures across the nation. Since that time, the CDC has tested the virus and determined the H1N1 virus to be fairly mild for most normally healthy people. The CDC is no longer encouraging the closure of schools due to cases of the H1N1 virus.

If your child has been diagnosed with the flu, or is running a fever, medical experts recommend your child remain out of school for 24 hours after the fever and major symptoms have passed. If your child is medically fragile, please talk to your personal family physician to determine the best course for your child.

All of the St. Tammany Schools continue to use universal precautions to prevent the spread of infection, and school nurses are instructing students on the proper way to wash their hands and cover their mouths when they sneeze or cough. Special supplies have also been brought in to enhance the current cleaning efforts by school custodians.

The safety of our students comes first and foremost. For more information about the H1N1 virus and our schools, please visit www.stpsb.org. On the webpage, you will find updates, an informative interview with Dr. Parham Jaberi, medical director for the Department of Health and Hospitals, and a link to the CDC. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child’s principal.