This week the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and secondary Education sent information on preventing the spread of seasonal respiratory illnesses in schools:
Across Massachusetts, schools are seeing a concerning increase in seasonal respiratory illnesses, particularly COVID-19 and the flu. The best guards against severe illness are vaccinations against both. The Department of Public Health recommends that every person over the age of 6 months get a flu shot annually and be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines.
The following resources may be helpful:
Other preventive measures include staying home (keep your student home) if they are not feeling well, take a COVID-19 test and seek treatment if needed, wear a mask if desired, and wash their hands.