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:
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.