TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA)-- Widespread flu outbreaks have hit several states in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Tupelo Public School District is taking precautionary steps to protect students, and stop the spread of the virus.
“You don’t want to wait until there is a crisis to try and teach somebody what to do. You just want them to have healthy lifestyles and that’s really important for our children here,” said TPSD Nurse Janet Stratton.
There are signs in English and Spanish in hallways and restrooms showing students how to stop the spread of germs.
On Thursday, Parkway first grade students got a refresher course in how to reduce their chances of becoming sick. They learned tips like wash your hands, cough into your upper arm, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
After going over several tips, the students also pledged to wash their hands.
Now, when it comes to parents, the school district has a link to a “ Flu Prevention Guide,” on the homepage of TPSD's website. It offers practical tips and information from the CDC.
“Just some great guidelines for parents to follow to see what the flu really is, what symptoms you might have, what you need to do, when you need to take your child to the doctors,” said Stratton.
School officials hope these preventative measures will help their staff and students win the fight against the flu.