Dear Parents: I am seeing a marked increase in the number of students with flu-like symptoms at school. Please know that we are doing everything possible to prevent the spread of colds and flu at HES. I hope you will assist us by keeping your children home if they have flu-like symptoms. Most healthy adults can infect others "one day before symptoms develop" and "five days after symptoms appear." Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be contagious for a longer period.

Encourage hand-washing, a balanced diet, rest and avoid public places as much as possible. A good website for information regarding flu symptoms, treatment and prevention is

Thank you for helping us to keep your child well.

Jennifer Eklund RN, CPN