MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Shakopee Public Schools are continuing to monitor the number of flu-like illnesses and symptoms among students and staff.

The Wednesday report shows four schools have seen an increase and five schools have seen a decrease in the number of student absences due to flu-like symptoms.

The Shakopee School District says the two buildings of significant concern, West Middle School and Sun Path Elementary, have seen a drop in the number of flu-related illnesses in student reported absences on Wednesday.

The chart below represents percentages of the school’s with student absences related to flu-like illnesses being reported as of 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday as compared to Wednesday.

Shakopee schools encourage parents and guardians to keep their students home if they are exhibiting flu-related symptoms such as fever, dry cough, sore throat, headache, tiredness, and body aches.

The Department of Health offers the following guidance to protect one’s self and others:

  • Get vaccinated
  • Avoid being around others who are sick
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use your sleeve
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Protect infants by not exposing them to large crowds or sick family members when flu is in your community
  • Do not share drinking cups and straws
  • Frequently clean commonly touched surfaces — door knobs, refrigerator handles, phones, water faucets)