As we receive information from county and state health agencies, including information on school closures, we will keep you updated with any developments that could impact our community or schools through the district’s SwithK12 Message System and here on our website.
District Statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Due to media reports about the recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory, we wanted to provide information to you pertaining to the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.
Here are some facts that families should know about the coronavirus (COVID-19):
- It is a new coronavirus, originating in Wuhan, China, that causes respiratory illness ranging from mild cold-like symptoms to pneumonia.
- 81% of people diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19) in China had mild symptoms.
- Similar to influenza, those most likely to have severe complications from coronavirus (COVID-19) are people over 60 and those with medical conditions such as heart and lung disease or diabetes.
- There is no vaccine or treatment currently available for coronavirus (COVID-19).
- People most at risk of becoming infected with coronavirus (COVID-19) are those who have been in close contact (within six feet) with someone who has the disease.
- People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is believed to spread the same way the common cold or flu spreads: through respiratory droplets produced when someone coughs or sneezes. Cold and flu activity typically peak during the winter months. We take great care to ensure that we clean all school and office buildings effectively. We have directed our staff to give extra attention to high-touch areas, such as door handles, water fountains, and keyboards. Staff also encourages children to wash hands regularly to prevent the spread of illness.
We strongly urge any student or staff member who is sick to stay home. To reduce the number of people who may become infected, children and adults should stay home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever or signs of fever without using any fever-reducing medications (acetaminophen or ibuprofen.)
Below are some key reminders that we encourage each family to review pertaining to the prevention of coronavirus (COVID-19) and all other respiratory viruses:
- The majority of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases are mild with symptoms similar to the common cold. Should you or your child begin to feel unwell, call your primary care provider immediately.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or apply an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- You do not need a mask unless you show symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), or unless you are a health worker or caretaker.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick, and keep sick children home as well.
- Cover your cough or sneeze, then immediately discard any tissues.
- Regularly clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces.
- Rely on trusted sources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Arizona Department of Health for up-to-date information. Be wary of false information spread through social media.
- If you or a loved one are immunocompromised, consider restricting your out-of-home activities.
We continue to stay in touch with federal and state health agencies to ensure that we share pertinent, timely, and accurate information. We will keep you updated with any developments that could impact our families or schools through each school’s SwithK12 Message System and website.
For the most up-to-date information about the coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit any of the sites listed in our Important Links section.
If you have any questions regarding this or any other matter, please feel free to contact your school.