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Schools Prepared For Ebola, Focusing On Flu Season

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A school in Texas is decontaminated after legitimate ebola scare. A school in Texas is decontaminated after legitimate ebola scare.
NBCRightNow.com - This is the time of year when people get sick and with talk of an ebola outbreak in the U.S. that cold might have you concerned it's something more than just common.

Our local schools are emphasizing the basics when it comes to cold and flu season and that beyond normal protocol they're prepared if ebola were to be an issue locally.

There have been some concerns from parents sent into local schools that not enough is being done to prevent the possible spread of ebola if it were to make it's way to Washington. What's happened in Texas schools where there was legitimate concern of ebola is nothing like what we've seen here.

In one email from a Richland parent the request of publicly posting students names that have recently traveled to West Africa would violate multiple privacy protection laws according to district officials.  That doesn't mean the schools are not prepared. Many of the school districts go through emergency workshops to understand how to react to a possible outbreak.

"In the unlikely event of ebola in the area all of our schools would be, and all of our districts would be working with the health departments and the OSPI to make sure that students, staff are safe," explained Joan Gribskov the Safety Manager for Richland Public Schools.

Teaching kids to wash their hands and cough into their sleeves have always been those basic lessons to help prevent the spread of all diseases. Currently the Richland School District is focusing on flu season, preventing common colds and offering flu shot clinics to their staff members. 
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