Dear Parents, Staff and Students:
We wanted to reach out to our parents, staff and students with information regarding the Coronavirus. We want you to know that our district is working with local, state and national health agencies on prevention and provide you with the following information. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that the risk is “low” for the general American public, but we want to be proactive you with information in case that risk level changes. Below are some tips for staying safe and germ free both here at school and at home. Our staff is will be reminding and supporting students to wash their hands with soap and water. Our district will follow health care expert guidance and practice recommendations if any changes or level of threat occur. We are sharing this information so you are aware and can help reduce the spread of infection.
The following practices are extremely important for all students and adults:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you do not have soap and water, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol is effective.
- Avoid rubbing your eyes, touching your nose or putting your fingers by or in your mouth.
- Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
- Keep your child home if they are sick (elevated temperature, fever, cough, shortness of breath) This will be an excused absence but please contact the school at 360-245-3343
- Staff, do not come to school if you do not feel well or have cold or flu-like symptoms (elevated temperature, fever, cough, shortness of breath). Stay home.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough. If you have tissue, please use one when you cough or sneeze. If a tissue is not available, use your elbow or sleeve instead of your hands. Throw used tissues in a garbage container immediately after use. If you use your hands to cover a sneeze or cough, wash your hands immediately with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
We will be in communication with the local and state health department and will continue to receive guidance. We will increase custodial support to help disinfect high touch areas (including buses). We have purchased more hand sanitizer and it will be available for student and staff throughout our school.
The information regarding this virus is changing daily so please look for the most recent facts available. The best source of for information right now is the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) Novel Coronavirus webpage, https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus#beprepared. A Washington State DOH phone line is also available for any questions. Call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.
Thank you for helping keep our schools, staff and community safe,
Chris Clark, Superintendent