In the wake of districtwide closures in districts across the state, such as those in Cheatham, Robertson and Wilson counties, Franklin Special School District released a list of guidelines Feb. 4 to help students and parents avoid illness.

To date, the district has not seen a high enough number of absences to require a district closure; however, several contagious conditions are common this time of year, according to the district.

“Overall, FSSD schools are seeing mostly average numbers of absence due to illness for this time of the year, but we anticipate that we could see our illness numbers increase as well,” said a posting on the district’s website.

Here are a few guidelines FSSD has recommended to avoid spreading illnesses:

  • Avoid spreading germs on hands by “catching" coughs and sneezes in the crook of your elbow.

  • Wash hands frequently, especially after coughing or sneezing.

  • Anyone with pinkeye, or conjunctivitis, should wash their hands after touching their faces or eyes.

  • Disinfect surfaces, such as faucets and countertops, especially when a family member is sick.

  • Do not send children to school if they have a fever of 100 degrees or higher; vomiting or diarrhea; or other obvious signs of illness.

  • Children should be symptom-free for at least 24 hours before returning to school after an illness.

Parents can read more about FSSD’s health guidelines here.