Update: COVID-19 Coronavirus
COVID-19 was discovered in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. It is an aggressive respiratory infection that is believed to be transmitted through droplet spread when infected people cough or sneeze. The virus can gain access to the body through the respiratory tract, mainly through the nose and mouth. Symptoms are similar to the common influenza strain and include fever, cough, muscle pain, shortness of breath, and fatigue. Progression of the disease may lead to a severe pneumonia.
Precaution and Prevention
The health, well-being, and safety of your children and our staff is our utmost priority and we continue to closely monitor health and safety updates and recommendations issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as state and local health organizations.
We are making it a priority for students and staff engage in everyday preventive measures to prevent the spread of germs and avoid illness, including frequent hand washing, covering your cough or sneeze, and avoiding close contact with individuals who are sick.
While this is a new strain and there is much that is unknown, there are everyday preventative measures that will help reduce the spread of germs. We strongly urge each person to:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water (or an alcohol-based hand sanitzer) for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching/rubbing your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Sneeze or cough in your elbow or onto tissue paper.
- Avoid close contact with those who cough or are sniveling.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Seek medical help early if you develop a cough and experience changes in your breathing.
We are asking that if your child shows any flu-like symptoms (coughing, fever, respiratory issues) that you keep them at home until they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medicine.
If you think you have been exposed by travel or contact with an affected individual, seek advice from your primary care physician!
Handouts from the CDC
- How to stop the spread of germs
- What you need to know about coronavirus disease
- What to do if you are sick with coronavirus disease
- World Health Organization – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Outbreak
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- International SOS – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Outbreak
- U.S. State Department – Current Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
- Department of Homeland Security - What to do Before and During a Pandemic