COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Many parents across the valley are concerned for their children if the Swine Flu makes its way into schools. News Leader Nine found out what Muscogee County schools plan to do in the event of an outbreak.
The Muscogee County School District works closely with the health department when it comes to identifying clusters of illnesses.
Communications Director for MCSD, Valerie Fuller said, "Any decisions we make would be made as a team. We do have a crisis team in place in the Muscogee County School District and we would handle it based on our preparedness plan."
School nurses and volunteers in the county have all been briefed to prepare for a possible swine flu outbreak.
"They are well-educated in identifying symptoms in children and if they see an increase they'll be on the phone with a nurse or me and we can address the situation," MCSD Lead Nurse, Darlene Shirley told News Leader Nine.
Private schools in the area are also taking precautions when it comes to the health of students.
Headmaster of Brookstone, Scott Wilson added, "We know we had some families travel to Cancun during Spring Break but they passed that incubation period, so we are in good shape there."
All school officials want to stress the importance of washing hands and staying safe.
Shirley said, "Right now we have not seen an increase in the number of children with those symptoms but we are monitoring that closely."
Columbus private schools and Muscogee County schools are sending out notices to parents this evening encouraging them to use caution, and reassuring them the school system is on top of the Swine Flu, if a situation does occur.
Brookstone School's release said: "Like the rest of the nation, we are closely monitoring the status of the spread of Swine Flu through the Health Department and the Center for Disease Control. You are probably also aware that a case of Swine Flu has been confirmed in Troup County. Please know that the school is exercising an abundance of caution (and precaution) related to Swine Flu, and we solicit your full cooperation. It is important to remember that there have been few hospitalizations and one death reported as a result of this strain of influenza in the United States. Further, no student or staff member has been reported ill from this strain of flu."