Flu seasonAll principals and assistant principals
Flu season typically peaks between December and February, though cases can be seen as early as October and as late as May. Schools should begin taking steps now to ensure their buildings are thoroughly and continuously disinfected to prevent the outbreak and spread of the influenza virus (and of other viruses and bacteria). Please review and implement the following:
View other items in the October 15, 2015, Leadership Action Update
- Place a high priority on cleaning and disinfecting high-use surfaces and objects such as desks, chairs, countertops, door knobs, handrails, taps, phones, gym mats, and toys. Please refer to and share the guidelines and controls for cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting with all staff.
- Custodial staff should always wear the proper protective equipment, including a mask when working in areas used by students or staff known to have colds, influenza, or viral abdominal illnesses, or to have been exposed to blood-borne pathogens.
- Please ensure that the education building supervisor assigned to your school meets with your custodians and contract cleaners regarding effective practices, including the use of personal protective equipment.
- Make sure there are ample supplies of paper towels and soap for hand washing in bathrooms. Schools should not rely on hand sanitizers to help with hygiene.
- To protect students and staff against the spread of germs, communicate widely and frequently about good hygiene practices recommended by the CDC.