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Districts working feverishly to fight cold and flu season

January 07, 2011
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PERRY, OH — Many districts, including Perry Public Schools, are taking extra precautions to curb the spread of viruses and bacteria this cold and flu season, according to the News-Herald.
Awareness is being raised about the importance of prevention participation from the entire district, not only those tasked with cleaning and maintaining the facilities, the story stated.
Jim Smith, supervisor of maintenance and operations at Perry Public Schools, said: "We basically disinfect every desk, computer, table, keyboards and all hard surfaces or high corner touch areas. We try to follow this every day so we don''t have an issue or run into any issues."
Although cleaning high-touch surfaces is important, district administrators are stressing proper hand hygiene as the best defense against falling ill, the story noted.
In this age of presenteeism, district administrators are encouraging any one feeling sick — students, teachers and support staff — to stay home until their symptoms subside to minimize the spread of infections, the story added.
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