According to a memo by Superintendent James Hammond:
“Holmes Junior High School is closed to students for a period of fourteen calendar days as now recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and the California Department of Public Health and directed by the Yolo County Health Department. This is an extension of the time period originally announced. Your Holmes Junior High student(s) must remain away from campus and are highly discouraged from congregating in groups. All Holmes students are prohibited from attending any District sponsored activities (i.e. All-City Band, All-City Orchestra, Chorus, Athletics, etc.)”
In the memo Dr. Hammond wrote:
“As most of you are aware there have been a number of schools in California that have been ordered to send students home because of H1N1 flu cases. The Davis Joint Unified School District is following the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, the California Department of Public Health, and the Yolo County Health Department.
In addition, we are committed to providing you updated information as soon as it becomes available. Below you will find specific information for Holmes Parents, Holmes Staff, District Staff, and Community Members.”
Originally parents were told parents that all siblings should remain at home as well. That is no longer the case.
“Healthy siblings are expected to attend school. Healthy siblings have no restrictions. They may participate in all school-related activities. Please continue to monitor the health of your child. In addition, please review this entire communication, especially the information directed for Community Members as it relates to preventative measures.”
According to the District Website the following information has been provided by the Yolo County Public Health:
“It is important for people to continue to take common sense steps to protect themselves from spreading disease,” states Dr. Joseph Iser Yolo County Health Officer/Director. “Washing your hands frequently, sneezing and coughing into a tissue or your sleeve, and staying home when you are sick are important steps individuals can take to stop the spread of disease.”
The symptoms of H1N1 influenza in humans are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have also reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with human H1N1 flu.
Flu is generally spread by direct contact with germs from an infected person, from either uncovered coughs or sneezes or by touching something the infected person has handled. People experiencing more than mild flu-like symptoms, particularly individuals who have recently traveled to Mexico, should call their health care provider for advice. Anyone experiencing severe symptoms, such as trouble breathing, should seek medical care immediately.
Yolo County Public Health is coordinating with state and federal agencies to implement increased influenza surveillance and containment measures. The emergency operation centers at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention and the California Department of Public Health have been activated to investigate this outbreak. Yolo County Public Health is in frequent communication with area healthcare providers, city officials, and local schools.
For more information about H1N1 influenza, go to: www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu, call the CDC hot line at 1-800-232-4636, or call the California state warm line at 1-888-865-0564 Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
—David M. Greenwald reporting