Virus precautions

posted Feb 28, 2020, 2:03 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Mar 3, 2020, 5:51 AM ]
Everyone is understandably concerned about the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) and its potential impact on schools.  The district is already reviewing its cleaning plans and will be reviewing its emergency plans in case community spread of the disease eventually becomes a local issue.

At this time, it is important that we rely on prevention. The following guidelines will benefit everyone in controlling the far more pervasive influenza viruses as well.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. District restrooms are equipped with soap, which is preferred over hand sanitizers.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water, not sanitizer, if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask:
    • CDC does NOT recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Avoid sharing food.

Q: What are the symptoms and complications that COVID-19 can cause?
A: Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Read about COVID-19 Symptoms.

Q: Should I be tested for COVID-19?
A: If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, within 14 days after travel from areas where CDC has identified community spread of coronavirus, you should call ahead to a healthcare professional and mention your recent travel or close contact. 

If you have had close contact with someone showing these symptoms who has recently traveled from such an area, you should call ahead to a healthcare professional and mention your close contact and their recent travel. 

Your healthcare professional will work with the state public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.

COVID-19 Resources

Stay home when sick