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    Coronavirus Info from Seattle Public Schools 3/1
    Posted on 03/02/2020
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    For up-to-date information and additional resources, including how to stay healthy, visit the district’s coronavirus disease 2019 news announcement.

    Dear families and staff:

    As you may have heard, over the weekend additional cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been confirmed in King County, including one related death. Our hearts go out to those personally affected.

    We want to assure you that the district is prepared with strong emergency procedures and a response plan. Currently there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Seattle Public Schools. We are closely monitoring the health and attendance of our students and staff and preparing for any potential disruptions to daily school operations in an effort to minimize the spread of the disease. All schools are open tomorrow, Monday, March 2. 

    When to seek medical evaluation and advice

    While the number of cases is increasing, the vast majority of the illnesses around the world are mild, with fever and cough. If you or a family member has symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your regular medical provider. Public Health recommends not going to the emergency room unless there is a critical need. Public Health also recommends seeking medical advice if you are over 60 and have an underlying medical condition.

    How to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

    Coronaviruses, including COVID-19, spread between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) via coughing or sneezing. It may also spread by touching a surface or object with the virus on it. The same good health habits that prevent other viruses like the flu, also prevent the spread of COVID-19 and decrease the risk of getting sick:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, with 60% alcohol, if soap and water are not available.
    • Cough into a tissue or your elbow (not your hand), then throw tissue away and wash your hands.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid contact with people who are sick and stay home when you are sick.
    • Keep students home if they are running a temperature or they report not feeling well or appear weak or ill.
    • Consult your healthcare provider if you or your child has health conditions that put you at increased risk.

    Live our Values

    Our community values are tested in times like these. We must continue to be united and support each other as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) becomes more widespread. In schools we will continue to demonstrate compassion and care as our greater community navigates this global health situation.

    We are aware of reports that some of our Asian students have been targeted and discriminated against in connection to COVID-19. This is unacceptable and contrary to our values of racial equity and social justice. In SPS we are committed to welcoming, safe, and inclusive schools, and we do not tolerate hate speech or acts of discrimination. Help us prevent discrimination or stigmatization by sharing accurate information. COVID-19 infection is not connected to any race, ethnicity, or nationality.  Misinformation about coronavirus disease 2019 can create fear and hostility that harms people and makes it harder to keep everyone healthy. Public Health Seattle & King County has provided resources to address and prevent discrimination.

    Stay Informed

    This is a rapidly evolving situation. The district continues to follow the guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Public Health Seattle & King County in our response to COVID -19, including decisions to close schools and whether students or staff would need to be quarantined. As soon as new information becomes available, we will let you know.

    We all have a role to play in keeping students, staff, and families healthy and safe. You can help by staying informed, practicing good hygiene, and staying home or keeping children home if they have been running a fever or are exhibiting signs of a fever. For up to date information and additional resources including how to stay healthy visit our coronavirus disease 2019 webpage

    Additional guidance provided to districts from the CDC on prevention, planning, and how to respond to coronavirus disease 2019 can be found here:

    Want resources to share with your children? Here’s an informative graphic resource from NPR:

    We know families, staff, and students are worried. We are committed to keeping you informed and working with you to keep our school communities safe.  

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