Health experts tell us that many of the same precautions that we take for cold and flu season are applicable to COVID-19. Therefore, the most important thing that you can do, as parents, right now is to stay informed and follow these simple steps that are similar to the types of steps that you would take in dealing with cold and flu season each year:
Encourage your family to engage in regular hand-washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Encourage all in your family to cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing. (current recommendation is to use a tissue or your elbow, not your hands when covering your nose and mouth).
Also, avoid sharing food and drinks with others, including those who seem well at the moment.
Please keep your child at home if he or she has a fever. Please do not send the student back to school until he or she has been fever-free (with no fever-reducing medication) for 24 hours.
I know that all of the news lately has been alarming, but the most important thing that we can do right now is to remain calm, inform ourselves with facts, and take collective steps to prepare ourselves should the conditions warrant. Please also remember that our children take their emotional cues from us. Let's work together to monitor our children's engagement in this topic and help them understand what they may be hearing or understanding to avoid anxiety. Being prepared is not a cause for panic or stress.
As always, the health, safety, and well-being of our school community remain our top priority.
For your information, here are some important links that may be helpful to you and your family: