Richfield Public School Academy principal tackles student illnesses


FLINT, MI – In an effort to prevent the spread of several illnesses, Richfield Public School Academy closed on Wednesday, then extended the shutdown until the rest of the week.

Illnesses faced by students at the school include severe colds, flu, rotavirus, bronchitis, strep throat and complications of long-lasting allergy symptoms, Superintendent Pamela Haldy said in a letter. .

Students in the district were battling different types of viruses ahead of the holidays, Hadly said in the letter. The school hoped that the free time would give the students time to recuperate.

Richfield Public School Academy closed for the rest of the week due to illness

“First of all, I would like to say that I know that closing school unexpectedly creates a burden on everyone,” Hadly said. “It is always a difficult decision to make, but one that is always made considering what is best for the health and well-being of the members of our school community.

When school resumes on Monday, January 27, Hadly said she hopes everyone will be healthy and virus-free.

According to the Michigan Health Department, Hadly said the following are recommended to prevent the spread of viruses:

  • Flu: Children should not go back to school until symptoms and fever have subsided for 24 hours without the help of medication.
  • Fever: If the fever is 100 degrees or higher, a child should stay home until the fever is gone for 24 hours without taking medication.
  • Vomiting: Children should not return to school within 24 hours of the last vomiting.
  • Diarrhea: Children should not return to school until 48 hours after the last incident of diarrhea.
  • Rotavirus shows symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea and can vary in severity. This virus can live on objects for several days and is easily spread.
  • Cold symptoms: Children should stay home with severe symptoms, cough with mucus, vomiting, fever, thick mucus discharge from the nose, or fatigue, until these symptoms are taught and that the child has no more fever.

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