February 27, 2020 Update

February 27, 2020 Update
Posted on 02/27/2020

(Posted February 27, 2020)

As greater media attention falls on the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), school districts across our state are working to keep families well informed with resources and prevention plans. Information provided by the Washington State Department of Health following recent cases in Snohomish and King Counties states:

"The risk of exposure is increasing for people who live in communities in Washington state with reported spread of COVID-19, though risk is still relatively low."

Additionally, it is important to note that the risk of COVID-19 is not at all connected with race, ethnicity or nationality. Numerous fact sheets, news updates, and other resources regarding the virus and its prevention are available (in multiple languages) on both the Washington State Department of Health website (www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus) and the Center for Disease Control website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV). 

Schools are being advised by the WA Department of Health to follow the same recommended measures typically used to prevent the spread of viruses during regular cold and flu seasons.  

Recommended measures for students and staff include:

  1. Staying home when they are sick.
  2. Frequent hand washing with soap and waterfor at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after they blow their nose. Help young children do the same. If hands are visibly dirty, use soap and water to clean hands.

    If soap and water are not readily available, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

  3. Avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  4. Following the school’s routine cleaning and disinfection program. Emphasizing to clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  5. Covering coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash and cleaning hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not readily available).
  6. Urging students and staff to get a flu shot during the flu season.
  7. Providing adequate supplies for good hygiene, including clean and functional handwashing stations, soap, paper towels, and alcohol based hand sanitizer.
Finley School District will continue to follow any guidance and directives from local health officials, as well as the district’s emergency response plan. We will communicate any updates and provide additional resources to our staff, students, and families as they become available.

Resources:

Kerri Nielsen, RN

Finley School Nurse
586-7577 Ext. 1201
knielsen@esd123.org

Washington State Department of Health

Center for Disease Control