Dear Granite District Employees:
Now that year-round school has begun and with traditional schedules starting soon, I wanted to officially welcome all of you back to school. As I have driven throughout the district, I’ve noticed school parking lots filling up with cars. Please know that I appreciate your hard work and dedication to Granite District students.
I additionally wanted to update you with regards to the H1NI (Swine Flu) virus. Please be assured that the district is making every effort to provide you with the resources and information to ensure your safety and well-being as well as that of our students.
At this time, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Salt Lake Valley Health Department have indicated that the primary means for reducing the spread of influenza in schools, focuses on the identification of ill students and staff, and the practice of proper respiratory etiquette. School closures are no longer advised unless there is a magnitude of absenteeism that interferes with a school’s ability to function. Additionally, sick employees and students should always remain home. If individuals demonstrate influenza-like symptoms, they should remain home at least 24 hours after symptoms have resolved.
Preventative measures include:
• Frequent hand-washing with warm water for at least 20 seconds or
• Cleaning hands with an alcohol-based hand cleaner
• Covering the mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
then throwing it away or
• Coughing or sneezing into your upper sleeve or elbow (not your hands
The Salt Lake Valley Health Department has compiled some educational materials that may be helpful in explaining proper preventative measures:
• Why Don’t We Do it in Our Sleeves –
• Utah’s Health, It’s in Your Hands –
• H1N1 toolkit – http://www.slvhealth.org/h1n1/h1n1Toolkit.html
• A Communication toolkit for Schools –
Employees should also be aware of the changes in how H1N1 cases will be reported. Because of the lack of severity of this particular virus, the Salt Lake Valley Health Department is no longer tracking individual cases with the exception of hospitalized cases. This means that individual schools will not have specific information regarding cases within their populations.
As you may have heard, a vaccine is in development and we anticipate that our schools will be utilized for distribution efforts. We will notify you immediately regarding any pertinent information on these developments. We will continue to work closely with the Health Department to make decisions in the best interest of the safety and health of our employees and Granite District students.
We would caution our employees to be wary of rumors regarding this virus. Accurate and detailed information can be obtained throughout the school year by visiting the below listed websites, or by contacting the Health Department at 211 on your local phone.
We are looking forward to a healthy and successful school year. We appreciate your assistance in achieving this success.
Dr. Stephen F. Ronnenkamp
Superintendent, Granite School District