A Parent's Guide to Communicable Diseases
GHC is sensitive to the possibility of the transmission of communicable diseases like the flu and MRSA. Therefore, the school has developed a proactive, precautionary plan to address these concerns, which includes, but is not limited to the following:
- Deployment of a full time custodial person to sanitize all restrooms and PE facilities every night. This person "deep cleans" the restrooms and PE facilities every week.
- Scheduled restroom cleaning three times a school day instead of twice a day
- Trained all staff and coaches on ways to prevent communicable diseases
- Implemented a NO-SHARING RULE (athletes should not share equipment, clothing, towels, and other personal items) in the Athletic programs and in PE classes.
- Use of antibacterial soap in all restrooms
- Installation of hand sanitation pumps in PE areas, computer rooms, and lunch areas.
For flu and MRSA prevention, the following are recommended but not limited to:
- Cover the nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing and sneezing or cough into the inside your elbow. If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash immediately.
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water, especially before eating and after using the restroom. Hand sanitizers are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth because germs are spread this way.
- Encourage your children NOT to share personal items such as towels, clothing, and any other items that touch the skin.
- Encourage your student to take good care of his/her skin, and keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered (MRSA prevention)
- If your student has a fever of 100.0 degrees or higher, he/she is required to stay home from school until fever free for 24 hours.
- It is also recommended that you contact the doctor or health professional regarding your student’s symptoms.
Please call the health office at 818-360-2361, extension 389 if you have questions or concerns. Also, refer to the CDC website about any updates regarding communicable diseases at www.cdc.gov/swineflu. For more information about the flu click here.