Swine Flu Guidelines
Washington Hebrew Congregation
Religious School Swine Flu Prevention:
Judaism teaches us to protect and preserve our health at all costs. Therefore, as we enter into a season that typically contains flu viruses, and this year also contains the H1N1 flu, we all should do our best to protect each other and ourselves from contracting or spreading the flu virus by practicing good personal hygiene.
Please do your best to protect yourself and others with Common Sense Precautions:
· Send your child to school with a small bottle of hand sanitizer for his/her classroom and building use. Please only send brands like “Smart and Silky” (Target) or Soapopular (Buy Buy Baby) so that there is no alcohol content in them. Remember, we share classrooms and space with our smallest students in our ECCs!
· Wash your hands often, especially after coughing, sneezing, and wiping or blowing the nose.
· Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing. Try to cough in the crook of your arm (near your elbow).
· Use paper tissues when wiping or blowing your nose; throw tissues away after use.
· Stay away from crowded living and sleeping spaces, if possible.
· If sick, stay home and avoid contact with other people to protect them from catching your illness.
· All classrooms and buildings will be routinely cleaned thoroughly.
The Common Sense H1N1 (Swine) Flu Checklist
If you have a Flu-Like Illness Including:
Fever greater than 100ºF AND Cough, Sore Throat, or Runny Nose or Stuffiness, please respect the sanctity of our school and the health of your classmates by staying home and CALLING your Doctor.
Remember, if you are mildly sick with flu-like symptoms STAY HOME and recover! Your classmates and teachers can call you to keep you up to date on classroom activities and work. Most importantly, we wish you a refuah shleimah, a complete and speedy recovery!
For any questions, please contact Rabbi Joui Hessel at (301) 354-3223
If a Case of H1N1 is Reported:
For more information, please visit the Center for Disease Control website: www.cdc.gov/H1N1FLU