2019 Flu & Illness Information
February 7, 2019
From the Office of the Superintendent:
The Tuscaloosa County School System is currently experiencing greater numbers of students out with confirmed cases of the flu. We will continue to monitor absences and health data. In consultation with the Tuscaloosa County Health Department, key actions for our schools include:
- Encourage and monitor hand washing and provide ample hand washing supplies in all restrooms.
- Remind students about covering their mouths when coughing or sneezing (elbow technique.)
- Be sure parents know to keep students at home when they are sick (fever, severe coughing, sore throat, chills, body aches, etc.)
- Remember, it is not too late to get a flu shot - students and employees.
- Clean, clean, clean.
According to the Health Department, school closures typically occur when a school is unable to conduct a thorough cleaning after hours or on weekends. Each school in our system should be able to handle cleaning needs, but schools have been advised to notify the Central Office if there is a concern related to cleaning.
Also, please visit these links to learn more about the flu and illness prevention, as well as a letter from our school nurses, with information on when a student is Too Sick for School/Demasiado Enfermo Para La Escuela.