Swine Flu Confirmed at Hawthorne Village Public School

Yesterday, the Halton District School Board confirmed a case of Swine Flu (H1N1 virus) at Milton’s Hawthorne Village Public School. MiltonSearch.com received the following announcement from HVPS on May 25, 2009:

The Halton District School Board has confirmed a case of Swine Flu (H1N1 virus) has arrived at Hawthorne Village Public School in Milton

The Halton District School Board has confirmed a case of Swine Flu (H1N1 virus) at Hawthorne Village Public School in Milton, Ontario

Today we were notified by the Halton Medical Officer of Health of a student at Hawthorne Village with a confirmed case of H1N1 Flu Virus (Human-Swine Influenza).  A letter from the Medical Officer of  Health and flyer have been sent home. Please check your child’s backpack for a copy of the letter and flyer and go to our school website for regular updates. The Medical Officer of Health only issues the notification letter for the first case of H1N1 in a school. All additional cases are posted on our school website.

Our Facility Services department will begin infection control cleaning procedures this evening. They use a neutral disinfectant to wipe all “touch” surfaces like, door knobs, handrails, locker handles, water fountains to name a few.

For up-to-date information go to the Halton District School Board’s website at www.hdsb.ca and click on link titled H1N1 Flu Virus.

Now, before mass panic sets in, we encourage Milton residents and especially parents who have children that attend HVPS, that there is more information regarding the H1N1 virus (swine flu) on the HDSB website, and there will probably be a lot more information coming via email and phone.

We continue to remind parents, students and staff to review the information provided by the Halton Region Health Department concerning recommended actions to reduce the spread of the virus.

These recommendations include:

  • Frequent hand washing (for at least 15 seconds with soap and water).
    Note: The Halton District School Board has requested all elementary school administrators schedule frequent hand washing into their school routines. Administrators in secondary schools are encouraging students to wash their hands frequently during the school day.
  • Coughing and sneezing into your arm/sleeve
  • Staying at home if you feel ill
  • Contact your health care provider if you have flu-like symptoms

Additional questions and answers pertaining to children in our schools:

What specific plans are in place in the schools?

Administrators are monitoring the general health condition of students. As per standard practice, if students exhibit symptoms of illness, parents are called and advised to have their son or daughter stay home until they are well.

Teachers and administrators are reminding students daily of the importance of regular, thorough hand washing and good personal hygiene. Students should avoid sharing of food, beverages and other personal items.

Should children returning from travel to Mexico (or other areas affected by H1N1 Flu Virus (Human Swine Influenza) be asked to remain at home?

If the students are well, then the status quo applies and they should not be excluded from school. Recent travellers to areas affected by H1N1 Flu Virus (Human Swine Influenza) and who have symptoms should contact their family physician and tell of recent travel.

What if parents simply choose to have children stay home?

Children who are healthy are expected to come to school. We would advise parents not to withdraw their children as a precaution without the specific direction from Halton Region Health Department. Parents must understand that it is expected that their child attend school on all days identified in the school year calendar.

Can students bring hand sanitizers to school?

Yes, but only the non-alcoholic variety. The alcoholic variety is an irritant to the eyes, skin and olfactory senses for many of our students.

What measures are school custodians taking to disinfect schools?

As per standard practice, custodians provide very thorough and effective cleaning and disinfecting of schools as part of their routine duties.

Where can I obtain more information about H1N1 Flu Virus (Human Swine Influenza)?

Contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 for information in other languages.

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  1. When washing hands with soap and water:

    * Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap. Use warm water if it is available.
    * Rub hands together to make a lather and scrub all surfaces.
    * Continue rubbing hands for 20 seconds.
    * Rinse hands well under running water
    * Dry your hands using a paper towel or air dryer. If possible, use your paper towel to turn off the faucet
    If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based gel to clean hands.

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  2. The top 3 most important points to understand: high fever (higher than 101 Degree F) is typical with influenze of any strain and should be cautioned as a red flag; 2) length for the 2 drugs we have that can lessen the time and severity of flu symptoms to be helpful, it’s necessary to start immediately once the symptoms begin, so don?t wait in calling your insurance if you think you assume have the influenze, swine or otherwise; finally, most of the time respiratory problems are not as a result of influenze, as pointed out, but it can be tricky to differentiate. Call your doctor if you?re not sure.

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  3. This was one of Obama’s first ‘National Emergencies’. Since then the CDC has been cooking the books to make the panic he caused and the billion$ he wasted seem reasonable. But, the simple fact is that this flu season is tracking to be a mild season, below average, in terms of mortality and virulence.

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