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Mississippi schools say they are prepared for swine flu

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Hattiesburg, MS (WDAM)- With school back in full swing, superintendents across Mississippi say they are prepared for swine flu outbreaks.

Mississippi State Health Officials and the Centers for Disease Control have issued new guidelines for school administration to follow, should a swine flu outbreak occur again this school year.

Last year some schools throughout the U.S. shut their doors after students tested positive for swine flu. Lamar County Director of nurses Becky Bounds says, this year, the Lamar County School District has a less severe precautionary plan in place.

"We've trained our personnel, faculty, and staff alike," said Bounds. "The are taking extra precautionary procedures in the area of washing hands, using cough etiquette; we are making sure we have tissues and hand sanitizer available."

Hand sanitizing is one of the best precautionary methods says Lamar County School Police Chief Steve Rosser.

"Through the summer we've precurred the hand sanitizers that we are going to place in some common areas in the school districts, mainly in entrances and exits and some other common areas around the campuses," he said.

School Administrators said keeping kids healthy is also the responsibility of parents.

"Help us out; if a child has a fever please keep them home. Flu like symptoms keep them home and have them checked out. If they do show up to school nurses are going to check them out and we will isolate them and then ask them to come pick them up as a precautionary for them and the rest of the students on campus."

It is now recommended students be kept home for at least 24 hours after their fever goes away.

Bounds said should any student fall ill, forcing them to miss a number of school days faculty is prepared to work with students and parents.

"We are prepared to help them meet their academic requirements, home assignments will be sent home. We will work with them any way we can. We need them at school."

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