• By Mercedes C Parham
  • Tuesday, January 30, 2018

MCSD Takes Extra Precautions in Response to Flu Outbreak


Muscogee County School District

2960 Macon Road Columbus, GA 31906

For Immediate Release
Mercedes Parham
Director of Communications and Open Records Officer
Office: (706) 748-2034
Fax: (706) 748-2036

Columbus, GA- The Muscogee County School District, in response to widespread influenza activity throughout the state and nation, is implementing additional precautions on campuses and providing guidelines for outbreak prevention in District schools.

The District is following recommendations provided by the CDC, which include a three-step approach to fighting the flu. According to the CDC, the first and most important step is to get a flu vaccination each year. Secondly, if you get the flu, the next step is to seek early treatment from medical professionals. Finally, the CDC recommends using everyday preventive actions to slow the spread of the flu:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Stay away from people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then, throw the tissue in the trash after it has been used.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Clean and disinfect hard surfaces or objects that might be contaminated with germs by wiping them down with a household disinfectant, according to directions on the product label.
“The best prevention method is to wash your hands with soap and water,” said Jeananne Polhamus, Lead Nurse. In addition to following CDC preventative measures, Polhamus is advising parents to monitor children to determine if they have flu-like symptoms before arriving to school.

“If your child presents any flu-like symptoms such as a headache and/or stomachache, body aches, or fever, call a doctor. Do not send them to school if you notice your child displaying any flu-like symptoms.”

The Health Services division has also worked in collaboration with teachers, administrators, and the Plant Services and Facilities divisions to take extra precautions, which include wiping down surfaces daily with antibacterial solution, sending all children who present symptoms to on-site clinics, and immediately notifying parents of any reported illnesses.

The peak of flu season typically occurs November through March, according to the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) website. The District’s Health Services division partnered with the Columbus Health Department, October 2017 through January 2018, to conduct on-site clinics, providing access to the flu vaccine.

The District recognizes the importance of the health and safety of our students and staff. Our primary objective during this flu season is to prevent the spread of communicable diseases and remove as many health-related barriers to learning as possible. We encourage parents and employees to take extra precautions given the severity of the year’s flu season thus far.

The mission of the Muscogee County School District is to inspire and equip all students to achieve unlimited potential. For more information, please contact the Office of Communications at 706.748.2034 or communications@muscogee.k12.ga.us.

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