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When it comes to the flu, children are especially vulnerable, making schools prime territory for the virus to spread.

However, the Sioux Falls School District and its staff are doing everything they can to keep students in the classroom and the flu out. 

“Right now our numbers are looking to be pretty similar to what we saw last year but as the next couple of weeks unfold we could see a different trend," said Molly Sater, Health Services Supervisor for the Sioux Falls School District.

Nurses say by washing your hands and keeping yourself clean, you can help prevent the spread of the flu.

“Using hand sanitizer, being aware of the signs and symptoms of the flu, what to watch for and when to send your student home," said Sater.

Gayle Bates is a nurse at three of the elementary schools in the district and has been caring for sick students all week.

“We always take a look at their temperature, if they have a fever that is over 100 degrees, then that is an automatic call to the parent," said Bates.

“In my three school buildings we have not have a lot of confirmed cases of the influenza yet," said Bates.

However, that doesn't mean there aren't more cases of the virus unaccounted for.

“We've had kids out with fever, coughs and other signs and symptoms that might be influenza but they have not necessarily been to the physician or had a lab-confirmed test done," explained Bates.

Nurses say that if your child does come down with the bug, the best advice is to just keep them at home.

“If their student is sick with a fever they should keep them home and they can return to school when they've been fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication,” said Sater.

The school district encourages all parents to get their children vaccinated if they haven't done so already.



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