The flu has been especially hard on children this year.  February tends to be the most active month for the flu.  We take the safety of our children very seriously here at Parkway.  Because of that, we will take every precaution to ensure that our preschool and nursery are the lowest possible risk for the spread of the flu virus.

It has long been our policy to disinfect our baby room after each Sunday.  During the flu season we will continue that policy.  In addition, I will disinfect the baby room and the preschool room on Wednesdays.  Changing pad covers will be washed whether they were used or not.  Any blankets used will also be washed. We are also providing hand sanitizer for each classroom in the children’s department for the children and teachers.

Volunteers have been notified that if they or any of their family members have fever, cough, nausea, diarrhea or vomiting within 24 hours of their assigned duty, they should notify me and I will find a sub for them.

The CDC recommends that anyone who has had the flu should not be around people until they have gone 24 hours without symptoms or fever.

Even though the flu has mutated and the flu shot is only about 30 percent effective in preventing the flu this year, doctors and the CDC still say it is the best line of defense against the flu and will lessen the flu symptoms if you get the flu.  It is not too late to get the flu shot. We encourage our volunteers to get the flu shot, not only for their protection, but for the protection of our Parkway Kids.

We hope that all of you remain “flu free” this winter!  We realize that the flu hits without warning and even the best precautions are not 100 percent effective.  If you get the flu, especially right after you were at church, please let us know.  We will want to check on you and take extra precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.