Dear Parents & Guardians:
You may have heard some health related news regarding the Enterovirus D68. This letter is to inform you that we have a confirmed case of the virus in our school community, and we will do everything possible to help keep you informed and prevent the spread of the virus.
Symptoms of the virus begin like a cold with runny nose, coughing, congestion, fever and body/muscle aches. Some children, particularly those who have asthma, may develop wheezing and breathing difficulties.
While most of these symptoms are indicative of the common cold, please be aware of the symptoms and contact your physician if you have questions or concerns about your own child. Your doctor can make a diagnosis using a lab test, can recommend the best treatment, and can determine when your child may return to school. As always, children should be free from fever and vomiting for 24 hours before attending school.
Enterovirus D68 is spread by coughing, sneezing or touching contaminated surfaces. Like the common cold, the best way to prevent the spread of the virus is teaching and encouraging children to sneeze and cough into a tissue, the crook of their elbow or upper sleeve instead of their hand, and good, frequent hand-washing.
We will wash and disinfect our facility, classrooms and materials regularly. Thank you for your continued support from home as we work together to keep our students and staff healthy.
Dr. Christopher Brown, Superintendent of Schools
You may wish to visit these websites for more information:
Below is additional information from the Onondaga County Health Department about the virus: