Flu Season/Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Flu Season/Coronavirus (COVID-19)

During Flu Season, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reminds people to observe routine public health recommendations for the prevention of any strain of influenza:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when your cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. This is how germs spread.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people. The Flu is thought to spread person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected persons.
  • If you get sick, stay home from work or school to limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

As the #1 preventive measure, the American Medical Association encourages everyone, six months and older, especially pregnant women, to be vaccinated against the flu. For more information about the vaccine, please click here.

As a reminder, if your child has a fever of 100° or higher, or vomits, he/she may not return until they are fever/vomit free for one full school day without medication.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is estimating there have been at least 22 million seasonal influenza illnesses, 210,000 hospitalizations and 12,000 deaths from the flu so far this season; however, you may have been seeing a lot more on the news about novel coronavirus (COVID-19) that began in China and has now spread to people in other countries, including the U.S.  The Raytown School District is closely monitoring information regarding the global spread of the coronavirus. Currently, there are no known cases of the virus in our attendance area or schools. 

Should the virus impact our area, the District has a plan of action, and we will continue to proactively work with our local health agencies.

  • District custodial staff has been increasing its efforts in cleaning and disinfecting hard surfaces, including desks, doorknobs, computers, tables and other equipment used daily by students and staff. Special disinfectants have also been used to disinfect the air and surfaces in the evenings at schools when they are unoccupied.
  • Teachers and staff are reminding students to cover their mouth with their arm or tissues when sneezing or coughing and frequent handwashing or soap and water or instant hand sanitizer.  

For More information about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), please view this information from the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services, as well as details on what schools should know about coronavirus.

Learn more about the coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).