We are taking steps to reduce the spread of all varieties of the flu, and are following the recommendations published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as local health agencies. Parents and guardians are an important part of our pro-active approach to the flu. You can remind your students of these things they can do to remain healthy:• Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub. Sanitizer dispensers are set up in several campus locations.• Don't share personal items like drinks, food, or unwashed utensils.• Cover up your coughs or sneezes using your elbow, arm, or sleeve instead of a hand when a tissue is not available.• Stay home if you're sick. Stay at your place of residence for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever.We can all take personal responsibility to slow the spread of the flu virus. By practicing these steps, we can help protect each other.Monte Vista will not be dismissed for cases of H1N1 influenza unless there are a large number of students or faculty who are ill, interfering with school's ability to function. Santa Cruz County Public Health will consider school dismissal on an individual basis, taking into consideration the best health information available at the time. In the event that the school is temporarily dismissed, classes and exams will continue online.Parents and guardians are encouraged to check with local health department websites for updated information.