Dear Percy Priest Families,

Flu season has begun and PPE has been hit hard! The MNPS Department of Health Services asked us to share with students, staff, and families the procedures listed below. Routine good cleaning and disinfecting daily is key. Practices that may be helpful during the flu season and reminders for all of us include teaching our children how to:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. Cough into your arm.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.
  • If soap and water are not available, an alcohol-based hand rub or sanitizer may be used.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread that way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Keep the regular routine for cleaning and disinfecting your home and our school. “Flu viruses are relatively fragile, so standard practices, such as cleaning with soap and water, can help remove and kill them.”

*Information from the CDC: Everyday preventive actions are steps that students/staff/families can take to help slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory illness, like flu:

  1.  The first and most important step is to get a flu vaccination each year.
  2. If you get sick with flu, take prescription antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them. Early treatment is especially important for the elderly, the very young, people with certain chronic health conditions, and pregnant women.
  3. Take everyday preventive actions that may slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory (nose, throat, and lungs) illnesses, like flu.

How does flu spread?
Flu viruses are thought to spread mainly from person to person through droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze, or talk. Less often, a person might get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching his or her own mouth, nose, or possibly eyes. Many other viruses spread these ways too. People infected with flu may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick. That means you may be able to spread flu to someone else before you know you are sick as well as while you are sick. Young children, those who are severely ill, and those who have severely weakened immune systems may be able to infect others for longer than 5-7 days.

What are everyday preventive actions?

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you or your child gets sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you (or your child) stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. The fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. After using a tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs that can cause respiratory illnesses like flu.
  • If an outbreak of flu or another illness occurs, follow public health advice. This may include information about how to increase distance between people and other measures.

Thank you to everyone who purchased and donated boxes of tissue, disinfecting wipes, and paper towels for classrooms and the cafeteria. We are thankful for your generosity and thoughtfulness. Donations are being accepted for the office area and clinic as well.

Reminder about Free and Reduced Lunches and Balances from the Percy Priest ES Tiger Café’ and Food Service Staff:
Parents and students can pay for lunch through the following ways:

All the best,

Melinda Williams