With the number of flu cases increasing in some parts of the country, the Pleasanton Unified School District is focusing on prevention as talk of a return of the H1N1 virus, or the swine flu, circulates.
"We are making sure to stay in contact with the city and we have somebody assigned to participate in the county's meetings on the swine flu," said district spokeswoman Myla Grasso.
Prevention is the key, she added, saying elementary schools are launching a hand-washing campaign and most district classrooms currently provide hand sanitizer.
The district has said it will monitor absences of students who complain of flu-like symptoms, which may involve following up with families to encourage them to see healthcare providers.
Grasso said the availability of staff is also a concern, but that schools wouldn't be closed unless there was an attempt to control transmission.
Parents should take note of the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when sending children back to school. It recommends having children return after being fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-suppressing medication.