Robertson County Schools were closed Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 3 and 4, after there was a rise in reported flu illnesses.
According to the district’s Communications Coordinator Jim Bellis, numbers showed an increase in flu-related absences the previous Friday, Jan. 31, which prompted the schools’ closure.
The Tennessee Department of Health reported that 45 of 95 county in the state have had at least one confirmed influenza-positive result. So far, there have been at least nine influenza-related pediatric deaths during the 2019-2020 season.
The Robertson County School Nursing Services offers parents some tips and guidelines to follow when their children are sick to avoid spreading it further. Children should stay home if they have a fever over 100 degrees, episodes of vomiting or diarrhea, runny nose or cough related to sickness or if directed to stay home by a doctor. The school’s “Send Home -Stay Home” policy offers additional details.
“When you have school-age children it’s important to have a plan...and a backup plan, for when they are sick. Make sure you keep them home when ill, even if that means missing a school party or a field trip,” School Nursing Coordinator Amber Hester said. “It’s not only best for them, it’s best for their peers as well. Practice good hand washing, check with your pediatrician to make sure your child is up to date with their immunizations and get a flu shot if you are medically able.”