The emergence of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has generated a great deal of news and questions over the last few weeks. At Sterling Public Schools, we want to assure families that we are taking appropriate steps to respond to an outbreak of a communicable disease within our schools. We have an internal team working to ensure that we are closely monitoring the situation and will be prepared should it become necessary. Our team will work closely with the Southeast Department of Health as they monitor the situation and we will follow their instructions. The first phase of preparation is to make sure that we are implementing good hygiene practices and deep cleaning practices in our classrooms. We have already started focusing extra attention on the frequent cleaning of high contact areas. We will also continue to communicate with families by social media, our school website, and by phone using our SwiftReach School Messenger system.
We’d also like to take this opportunity to remind you it is still cold and flu season and we encourage everyone to continue to practice good hygiene and virus prevention practices. This includes:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after coughing or sneezing. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze using a tissue or your elbow.
Stay home or keep your child home if you are experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms and have a fever. Your child must be fever free without the aid of medication for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
Get your flu shot when possible.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your health care provider or the Southeast Department of Health. You can also visit the Southeast Department of Health website for more information at www.sedhd.org or call them at 402-274-3993.