Posted Friday, August 24, 2022
On August 4, 2022, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared monkeypox a public health emergency. Its symptoms include a blister-like rash, congestion, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, fever, and swollen lymph nodes.
While monkeypox is a serious illness and we need to take precautions, it is important to note that it is different from COVID-19 in that it does not appear to spread nearly as easily. We know that it does spread through person-to-person physical contact and by coming into contact with items or surfaces that have been touched by an infected person’s rash.
To date, there have been few confirmed cases of monkeypox in children. However, please know that anyone can get monkeypox and it is a public health concern for all. It is not a disease experienced only by members of specific communities.
Manny of the steps we have been taking with COVID-19 will also help us prevent the potential spread of monkeypox. These include:
Self-monitoring for the symptoms of monkeypox. If students or staff are feeling sick, they should stay home from school. If they are experiencing symptoms, they should consult a healthcare professional right away and notify the school office.
Frequent reminders about the importance of proper handwashing. No-touch hand sanitizer units will continue to be available throughout our buildings.
Continued cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces throughout our schools on a frequent basis.
If there is a confirmed case of monkeypox in your child’s school or classroom, Brooklyn Center Community Schools will notify families as soon as possible. Anyone who has the illness will be asked to stay home until they are no longer experiencing symptoms, per CDC guidelines.
Thank you for your support and understanding as we work to ensure a safe and healthy learning environment for our students and staff. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Erickson, Health Services Manager, at 763-561-2120 x3203 or firstname.lastname@example.org.