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Lake school district partners with state to spread word about Zika prevention

The 2016-17 school year is off to a great start in Lake County. Throughout the year, teachers and administrators will continually prepare an enriching learning environment that will give our students every opportunity for success. This year’s preparation also includes critical efforts to prevent the spread of the Zika virus and to ensure all students, parents, educators and visitors stay healthy and safe.

Lake County Schools is working closely with the Florida Departments of Education and Health to spread the word about Zika prevention.
 
Because standing water can serve as mosquito breeding sites, our custodial staff will monitor school grounds and remove standing water as much as we can. Sources of standing water might include buckets, trash cans, planters, playground equipment and spaces beneath modular structures. We will also work to keep vegetation low on our campuses.
 
Parents can help protect against Zika by practicing basic mosquito bite prevention, such as dressing students in clothing that covers arms and legs and, if desired, administering insect repellent at home before students arrive at school. Here are a few tips from the CDC and some additional resources from the Florida Department of Health. More information is available through the State of Florida’s Zika Virus Information Hotline, 1-855-622-6735.