Simple steps can help prevent respiratory illness

As fall arrives, so does the start of the rise of respiratory illnesses. With the triple threat of flu, COVID-19 and Respiratory Syncytial Virus, or RSV, we here at Florida UFSD want to ensure our families stay safe and healthy. While usually manageable, these viruses can lead to illness, hospitalizations or death, according to the state Departments of Health and Education.

Several simple steps can be taken to help prevent the spread of these illnesses.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds, especially after touching commonly touched surfaces such as door knobs and before eating. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces often.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Don’t cough or sneeze into your hands; sneeze or cough into your elbow or a disposable tissue.
  • Although we want our students and teachers to be in school as often as possible, we’d rather they stay home when they are sick or shave any symptoms of illness, especial influenza or COVID-19.
  • The state DOH recommends staying current on vaccines, including flu and COVID-19. Find a location to get vaccinated here.
  • If you have been exposed to someone sick, are at high risk for infection, or just feel more comfortable wearing a mask in public indoor spaces, wear a well-fitting, high-quality mask.

Masks are available in the health office of each building.

Please contact the school nurse in  your child’s school  for questions or concerns regarding illness/symptoms  and school attendance.

To learn more about COVID, RSV and flu, visit the state Health Department’s page on respiratory illnesses.