H1N1 virus hits Loomis school district

Three cases confirmed
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
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Three Loomis Union School District students have come down with the H1N1 flu virus. According to Paul Johnson, superintendent, two Ophir Elementary School students and one Franklin Elementary School student have confirmed cases of the virus. A kindergartner and a preschooler at Ophir School both came down with the virus. One has recovered and returned to school. A Franklin kindergarten student also has H1N1. “It’s here,” said Sheree Palma, school nurse for the district. Palma said parents should keep their children home if they have a fever above 100 degrees and one of the following symptoms: sore throat, dry cough, headache, runny nose, muscle aches or tiredness and lethargy. Palma said students must be fever-free for at least 24 hours, without fever-reducing medication, before they are allowed to return to school. Johnson said that students who become ill at school with what is suspected to be H1N1 will be isolated and given a mask to wear so as not to spread germs. He also said classrooms are being cleaned daily and all students and staff wash their hands immediately upon arriving at school. Parents are requested to have updated emergency information at the schools in case they need to be contacted.