Across the lake, school districts respond to swine flu threat |

Across the lake, school districts respond to swine flu threat

Lake Tahoe Basin school districts are responding to the nation’s swine flu outbreak, which caused at least one person in the region, a two-year-old girl, to become ill.

The two-year-old is recovering at her Reno home, health officials said. Because the girl lives in Washoe County, the only known Western Nevada county to have the virus confirmed, school officials are monitoring the situation closely.

Washoe County School District responded by implementing a monitoring program for sick students, so if a parent calls a student in ill for a day, he or show should be prepared to detail the child’s sickness and symptoms to school staff.

Lake Tahoe Unified School District spokeswoman Angie Keil said teachers have been told to be on the lookout for students with flu-like symptoms. School medical staff have also been informed about how to treat a hypothetical swine flu infection to decrease the chances of spreading the disease, Keil said.

“Our nurses are monitoring everything closely,” Keil said.

Custodians are using more sanitation products for cleaning also, Keil said.

At the LTUSD Board meeting Tuesday, School Nurse Margaret McKean said all nurses and school secretaries are taking temperatures of every student that said they’re sick.

McKean said that way the district will have data in case a swine flu case pops up.

“We’re on top of it,” McKean said.

If a case is confirmed, it’s up to the El Dorado County public health officer to decided whether to close the school site, McKean. Sites tend to be closed for about a week if that occurs.

Students who are sick need to stay at home, Keil said. They must be fever free without medication before returning to school, she added.

Keil encourages parents to check the school district’s Web site ” ” for the latest information.

Steve Jennings, superintendent of the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, said school staff is being “hyper-vigilant” to the threat and is monitoring the situation.

A release dated Monday, April 27, on the WCSD website urges residents to practice healthy habits such as not coughing on one another, washing their hands with warm, soapy water and staying home if ill.

The TTSUD site also encourages healthy habits in an April 27 release from the Office of Placer County Health and Human Services, and warns those who are feeling sick to contact a health care provider immediately.

” The Sierra Sun and North Lake Tahoe Bonanza contributed to this report

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