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Regular school attendance is important.
If you know your student will be late or absent, please call the school office by 9:00am.
503-663-4818
H1N1 Flu Virus Information
Sick Girl

Gresham-Barlow School District's response to the H1N1 flu virus


The Gresham-Barlow School District is working with Multnomah County and regional health agencies to monitor the H1N1 flu virus.
If there is an outbreak that affects our schools, the district will work with the Multnomah Education Service District’s (MESD) school health services department to determine the appropriate response.
The district’s response will be in coordination with the county and several regional health agencies that are working to prepare for this outbreak.

Frequently Asked Questions

Protect you and your family from the flu

• Teach your children to wash their hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time. Set a good example by doing this yourself. Hands should be washed:
Handwashing

• Before eating or drinking
• After coughing, sneezing or using facial tissues
• After using the toilet or changing diapers
• Wash your hands before touching your face, especially before touching your eyes, face or nose

• Teach your children to cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or by coughing into the inside of the elbow. Be sure to set a good example by doing this yourself.

• Teach your children to stay at least three feet away from people who are sick. This means t least three “giant steps” away.

• Teach your children not to share food, drink or other personal item (such as lipgloss) with others.

• Be sure you and your child get both the seasonal flu and the new H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine. This is the most important action to prevent flu infection.


Mother and child

If your child gets sick

• Keep sick children at home. Do not send them to school. If they become sick at school, you will be called and asked to pick them up. Make sure your emergency phone numbers are up to date. Make a plan now for childcare if your child becomes ill.

• People who are sick should stay home from work or school and stay away from other people until they are free of fever for 24 hours (without the use of fever reducing medications like acetaminophen and ibuprofen) and feel better.

If you have questions, please contact your school nurse or healthcare provider.


Learn more about taking care of someone who is sick

Red Cross Handout: Home Care for Pandemic Flu

Information Courtesy: Multnomah Education Service District

Resources
Helpful Documents (printable PDF files)
Handwashing Poster
H1N1 Flu Tip Sheet
Parent Guide on the Flu

Helpful Websites
Visit the Department of Human Services website for information about the flu and H1N1.
www.flu.oregon.gov

Find many of the handouts distributed to parents and families in our schools about how to prevent the spread of the flu at the Multnomah Education Service District website


School emergency communications
The Gresham-Barlow School District has a plan in place for communicating with parents in the event of an emergency, such as an outbreak of the H1N1 flu. The district’s response to an emergency will be determined by what will keep our students and staff most safe. Once this is determined, response communication begins.

How to get information during a school emergency:
• Visit www.gresham-barlow.org
• Tune into local television and radio stations
• Check your email or text messages if you are a flash news alert subscriber-To sign up for flash news alert go to http://flashalert.net/

You can be confident that accurate and timely information will be released to parents, the public, and the media during any emergency situation
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