Grand Island Central School District
1100 Ranson Road
Grand Island, New York 14072
Telephone (716) 773-8800
Fax (716) 773-8843
the number of phone calls our schools have received, we know that there are,
understandably, concerns about the H1N1 influenza swine flu virus.
Please know that we continue to very carefully monitor the situation
every day that our schools are in session.
start with some information which may be helpful. The Erie County Department of Health receives daily from
every school district a report detailing the number of student and staff
absences by school. While I do not
have today’s number as of yet, I can tell you that our absentee rate district
wide has continued to climb more so at the Middle School and Kaegebein
Elementary School. In three schools
we are running at an absence rate of 10% while our annual rate is typically 5%.
In the Middle School and Kaegebein it was 25% on Monday, a big increase
over Friday in those buildings. These
numbers, we are told, are lower than most of our neighboring districts.
The Erie County Department of Health will initiate an action plan for any
school when the number of absences becomes a concern for the Health Department.
continue to communicate with Dr. Ehlenfield, our school district physician and
Grand Island resident. He has been
very helpful in our planning process of how to respond properly to changing
medical conditions. Guidelines on
procedures to lower the risk of contacting any type of flu were included in our
letter last week. Further information can be found on our website including a
link to the Erie County Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control.
We are communicating closely with Town of Grand Island officials on our
becoming a vaccination site. Those
details should be forthcoming in the days ahead depending on availability of
health data remains confidential and can only be released by a parent should he
or she chose to do so, we cannot say for certain that we have any confirmed
cases of H1N1. The Erie County
Department of Health advises all school districts not to be overly concerned
about differentiating between students affected by the seasonal flu as opposed
to the H1N1 virus. Keeping
our students healthy and preventing the spread of all flu symptoms is our main
concern, especially when absentee rates are on the rise.
As a parent, if you suspect your child has the flu, a visit to the
physician, and as soon as possible, should help to reassure parents about the
health condition of their child.
I am sure
that all of you have seen information on how widespread the flu is expected to
spread this season. There have been
daily reports from television, newspaper and online sources.
We are very fortunate to have an Erie County Department of Health that
has been so responsive to the questions and concerns of school districts and
parents. We appreciate their
guidance and follow their suggestions. Whatever
they believe is best, along with the advice of our own school district
physician, we will do. Absence
rates will be higher than normal for months to come.
As parents, follow the prevention guidelines and seek medical advice, we
will make it through the 2009-2010 flu season.
Any new developments will be shared with you as quickly as they come to
our attention. Do not hesitate to
call a school or the District Office for information.