Superintendent Letter Concerning Coronavirus

Medical Lab Technician

Transcript

Dear Staff, Parents and Guardians,

The health and safety of our staff and students is our top priority. This letter contains an update on the most current recommendations of local, state, and federal health authorities regarding health risks associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Kingman Unified School District, in partnership with local health agencies, is working to ensure our schools are safe for students and staff and what to do should this health crisis escalate in our community.

The COVID-19 virus can cause mild to severe respiratory illness. Children seem to be less likely to become ill or to experience more than mild symptoms should they contract the virus. Transmission of the virus appears to occur through person-to-person contact. Practicing universal precautions such as hand washing regularly with soap seems to be the best way to stop the virus from spreading.

In order to reduce the likelihood that our students, staff and community members contract the COVID-19 virus, we encourage compliance with the following guidance.

If you are sick, stay home.

  • KUSD staff or students who have traveled to a location with widespread community transmission of COVID-19 should stay home for 14 days after their return date. https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/warning/novel-coronavirus-china
  • All sick students and employees with symptoms of respiratory illness such as fever, cough or shortness of breath should consult their health care provider and stay home from school or work until their symptoms resolve.
  • Students who are sick will be sent home immediately. Parents or guardians will be contacted to schedule a pick-up.

Practice good hygiene.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is a suitable alternative.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Avoid handshakes.
  • Don’t share food or drinks.

The district has been in contact with our cleaning vendors to order additional cleaning wipes and spray. Busses and classrooms will be disinfected on a daily basis in addition to performing routine cleaning.

Currently there have been no confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus in Kingman or the surrounding areas. It is very important we control any unfounded rumors of infected staff or students. If any cased have been confirmed in our area, notification will be sent to schools and families immediately. Because KUSD will be on spring break March 6th – March 23rd, please check Kingman Unified School District Facebook https://www.facebook.com/kusd20/ and the KUSD district website www.kusd.org for up-to-date information releases over the break.

Below are links to resources to find the most recent information on the spread of the virus and for talking with kids about the virus.

  • Centers for Disease Control: Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools to Plan, Prepare and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-for-schools.html

  • Centers for Disease Control: Prevention and Treatment

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html

  • Child Mind Institute: Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus

https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/

 

We hope our staff and families have a safe and healthy spring break. We look forward to resuming school and all regularly scheduled activities on March 19th.

Sincerely,

 

Dr.  Gretchen Dorner

KUSD Superintendent