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Update from the Superintendent - 3/2/20

March 2, 2020

Update from the Superintendent

Hello Families and Staff,                                         

We have been working closely with the Washington State Department of Health on monitoring and supporting the prevention of the Novel Coronavirus - COVID 19. The Washington State Department of Health has established a hotline with a live person to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington state, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call the WSDOH hotline at 1-800-525-0127 and press # then press 2. You will be connected to a live person. This hotline is open from 6:00 am until 10:00 pm and is available in English and Spanish.

CERSD will continue to share information about this emerging public health issue with staff and with our community.  We are in communication with local public health officials to stay abreast of any changes or developments in this area and are committed to sharing these updates, as needed.  Out of an abundance of caution, we are creating contingency plans should the situation in this state dramatically change. We will, of course, keep you informed about any developments.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)  

Preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus is the same as preventing the spread of a cold, influenza, and other respiratory viruses. Please look below for specific information about personal prevention methods. As always, the Cle Elum-Roslyn School District custodial staff uses hydrogen peroxide-based cleaners to wipe down and sanitize door knobs, sinks, toilets and other surfaces on a daily basis. We take instructions on preserving public health from the Washington State Department of Health (WSDOH). Should we receive direction from WSDOH to add to our current custodial cleaning system, we will do so immediately.

Reminders about how to prevent colds, influenza, COVID-19 and other illness at school

According to the Department of Health, schools do not need to take any special precautions beyond what is normally recommended to prevent the spread of viruses in schools. The entire community can reduce the risk of getting and spreading viral respiratory infections, including the flu and the common cold, through these simple steps, which will also prevent COVID-19:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash hands with soap and water frequently and for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose. Help young children do the same.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and clean hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not readily available).
  • Get a flu shot during the flu season.

For more information and resources, please go online to https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus  or visit our website https://www.cersd.org/.

Michelle Kuss-Cybula
Superintendent
Cle Elum-Roslyn School District
(509) 649-4850
 

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