Monday March 2, 2020
Dayton Public Schools continues to monitor information regarding the Coronavirus situation in Washington State and specifically in our region. We have contacted our local Health Department for assistance and guidance. We will continue to communicate with them as long as needed. As of this morning, Estasia Collins Columbia County Public Health Nurse explained we are still considered a low risk area.
The Washington State Department of Health website has many informational links for those who would like to read more about this topic. The Department advises school districts to take the same preventative measures it normally would to prevent the spread of viruses during the regular cold and flu season. Common preventative measures recommended for students include:
- Staying home when they are sick and/or running a fever.
- Frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after they blow their nose. 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. We have these available in our lunchroom.
- 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).
- Urging students and staff to get a flu shot during the flu season.
- Providing adequate supplies for good hygiene, including clean and functional handwashing stations, soap, paper towels, and alcohol based hand sanitizer.
In addition, the district’s custodial and maintenance programs continue to emphasize and implement best practices for cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing methods daily.
In the event of an emergency, the District would collaborate with our community health officials to determine any additional actions to be taken, including the decision to close school or exclude students or staff to attend. Our Health community has been a great partner in other emergencies and I am sure that will be the case should something ever happen regarding COVID-19.
Please encourage your children to wash hands frequently using soap and water. Should you have any additional questions you may find the following links helpful.