As a school we are monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation that is developing. We are aligning ourselves with the local school district for information and preparation.
The Center for Disease control (CDC) has daily updates on their website concerning the virus and prevention. At this time the CDC does not recommend the use of face masks for healthy individuals, proper hand washing is considered the best preventative measure.
As a school we are ensuring that teachers clean throughout their daily routine, and have ample cleaning supplies. The students are receiving lessons on hand washing, how to cough/sneeze in their arm rather
than hand, and how to properly blow their nose and dispose of the tissue.
We strongly urge families to keep your child home from school if they are sick and to practice good hygiene habits at home.
Basic Prevision of Virus Spread:
- Make sure all family members are up-to-date with their flu shots.
- Promote basic hygiene:
- Any coughing or sneezing should be directed into ones sleeve, rather than into hands or the air.
- Wash hands after using and handling used tissues, after blowing nose, before/after eating, and after toilet use.
- Wash for 20 seconds with soap, rub between fingers and under nails; and then rinse and dry. Use
- alcohol (60%+) hand gel if sinks are not readily available.
- Avoid rubbing your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Do not share utensils, cups etc.
- Stay home when sick.
- Avoid contact with those who are sick.
- Wearing of masks in public is not recommended for Americans by the CDC nor by our local public health department. It will be discouraged in schools. Hand washing is considered the best protection from infectious diseases.
We are asking families and staff that have been in contact with an individual with a confirmed case of the virus within the past two weeks, to exclude themselves from school if they have any symptoms. We also strongly urge families to take proper precautions when traveling for work or pleasure.