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ASHLAND – The Ashland Superintendent of Schools is recommending all students, faculty & staff get the season flu shot in 2023, if they have not already in 2022.

“We saw an uptick in respiratory illness in children in the district before the break. I want to remind families, in order to keep our schools safe, to follow public health protocols, including staying home when not feeling well,” wrote Supt. Jim Adams to families in an email this morning, January 2.

Students & staff return to school tomorrow, January 3.

“While our nursing staff is here to help students who are sick in school, caregivers should not knowingly send sick students to school to be diagnosed by us. If your child feels sick, keep them at home,” wrote Supt. Adams.

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“We recommend getting tested if anyone in your household exhibits any COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are cold or allergy-like. When in doubt, be extremely cautious during this time and keep your child(ren) home when they are not feeling well. Test kits are available in each school’s main office at no cost,” wrote the Ashland Superintendent.

Here are some simple reminders which you can follow to help prevent the spread of illness this season:

  • If you test positive for COVID-19, please follow the CDC guidelines: stay home for at least the first five days, and wear a mask around others for days 6-10.
  • Wear a face mask if you are recovering from COVID-19 or a contagious illness.
  • Do not come to school or work if you are feeling ill or awaiting test results for a contagious illness.
  • Wash your hands frequently.

We also encourage everyone to obtain the COVID-19 booster vaccine if they still need to do so. Most people are now eligible for their fourth shot. Visit for more information.

Visit to search for a flu shot appointment.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.