Local preschool alerts parents to emergency closing plan

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - One preschool in Henrico's west end is alerting parents about its emergency closing plan should administrators need to take action.

State health officials say preschool age children are at a higher risk for flu complications. That's why they announced the probable swine flu case in Norfolk.

In Henrico, Goddard school officials believe they're on top of their game in keeping the classrooms clean and safe for students. These three words can't be said enough.

"Wash your hands," said Carolyn Miller to her six year old daughter.

Especially at such a critical time when H1N1 or swine flu is on everyone's mind.

"We help them wash their hands at the sink after diaper changes, before they're fed, after they eat, so it starts in the infant room all the way through the school," said The Goddard School Director, LeeAnn Roope.

Along with frequent hand washing, teachers and staff sanitize tabletops and toys. Roope says parents haven't brought up swine flu concerns nor have they kept their children home out of fear.

"I think Goddard takes a lot of precautions they've sent us home a lot of educational materials," said Miller.

Like a letter outlining the school's emergency closing plan.

"We would call parents we have a web site email addresses so they would have notification," said Roope.

Virginia Health Department officials say it's crucial parents keep their children home from school if they have a fever or cough, it may not be swine flu, but they shouldn't take that chance.

"I think a lot of the responsibility falls to the parents it's the parents responsibility to ensure that if you think your child is sick or shows any signs you've got to keep home and be safe," said Miller.

Virginia received its testing materials from the CDC Monday which will speed up the process of identifying cases of suspected swine flu. The state's call center remains open this week.

You can call 1-877-ASK-VDH3 from 8:30 to 4:30 daily to get answers about swine flu.

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