Coronavirus information

Friday, March 6 update

Our top priority is the health and safety of our students, staff and community. We are continuing to monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation, and are committed to keeping you updated on our response to this public health crisis. We are coordinating closely with the Spokane Regional Health District and will look to them for guidance in determining whether a school closure is necessary.

365体育平台Please check this page (matagi-nagasa.com/covid) and social media feeds for daily updates. We plan to send updates twice a week to families through our BB Messenger notification system, so please be sure your contact information is current. Should COVID-19 affect our schools directly, we will send updates daily.

Prevention

365体育平台Hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is the best way to prevent the spread of illness and disease, including COVID-19.

365体育平台You can also help by:

  • Staying home when you are sick. On the recommendation of Spokane Regional Health District, we are now asking students and staff who have a fever (100 degrees or higher) to be fever free for 72 hours (instead of the usual 24) before they return to school.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with your elbow or with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Following CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.

Keeping our schools clean

Our custodial staff provides cleaning and stocking of critical areas, including all restrooms, on a daily basis. In response to this situation, custodial staff have increased their focus on keeping soap, paper towels, hand sanitizer, and other cleaning materials stocked throughout the day. Day custodial staff are also prioritizing the disinfection of high-touch areas like doorknobs, faucets and handrails in their daily workload.

Many classrooms are currently provided with spray bottles to be used for the cleaning of surfaces during the day, and spray bottles are available from the school custodian upon request.

Transportation

Our school bus contractor, Durham School Services, is adding additional cleanings as an added precaution to provide safe travel to and from school.

Resources

Thursday, March 5 update

Tonight, SPS Health Services Director Becky Doughty will be a panelist on KREM 2’s Facts Not Fear: Coronavirus virtual town hall, along with several other public health experts. During the town hall, the panelists will answer questions about coronavirus and help address the community reaction, anxiety, and fear surrounding this evolving situation.

The Facts Not Fear virtual town hall will broadcast live on KREM 2 tonight from 6:30-7:30 p.m. It will also be streamed live on krem2.com.

New protocol for fevers

On the recommendation of Spokane Regional Health District, we are now asking students and staff who have a fever (100 degrees or higher) to be fever free for 72 hours (instead of the usual 24) before they return to school.

Travel protocols

For students traveling with school groups, our Health director has provided these protocols for trip leaders:

  • Trip leads should get a couple of masks from the office before departure.
  • If a student becomes ill while on the trip, separate the ill student from the well students and staff (if there are students sharing rooms, move well students to other rooms so that the ill student is the sole occupant of the room).
  • Notify the parent.
  • Call Health Director Becky Doughty for further guidance.
  • When transporting students back to Spokane, have the ill student wear a mask and sit alone in the front seat of the bus—there is a wide space between the front seat on the loading door side.

COVID-19: No laughing matter

COVID-19 is a serious health issue, and is something that should not be joked about. Pretending to have COVID-19 symptoms takes attention away from students who may need help from a nurse, and ultimately creates unnecessary worry for families, staff and students.

Wednesday, March 4 update

Hand sanitizer: The district is awaiting the delivery of a wall-mounted hand sanitizer product that will be installed at a few strategic locations in each school. That said, this is not intended as a comprehensive nor a permanent solution. The district’s procedures do not typically allow or support the use of hand sanitizers, primarily because it can be a respiratory irritant to those with sensitivities. The district is currently making an exception to this procedure, and will thus be allowing use of the products on a temporary basis. Hand sanitizers purchased or brought by staff will be allowed during this period as well.

Please note that it will be a few days before the hand sanitizer units are installed, and we don’t know how long supplies will be available given the current demand. If you are interested in donating hand sanitizer, you can do so at your neighborhood school office.

Tuesday, March 3 update

  • If you keep your student home from school, it’s important to call the attendance line and share the specific reason for the absence – particularly if your child has flu or respiratory symptoms.
  • School buses will soon have hand sanitizer available for student use.
  • Students will be reminded to wash their hands particularly after using public items like computers, and science/fitness equipment.
  • As of today, no school travel is suspended. Tournaments and other sporting events will be held as scheduled.

Custodians and cleaning schedules

365体育平台Each school has a day custodian who works a day shift. They are prioritizing the disinfection of high-touch areas: doors and door handles, stair handrails, sink faucet handles, and other places. They are also focused on keeping soap, paper towels, hand sanitizer, and other cleaning materials stocked throughout the day.

In addition to the day custodians, SPS has 22 roaming staff custodians who back-fill absences and perform supplemental cleaning activities in response to special needs. It is very common throughout the cold and flu season for the roaming custodians to also be assigned to schools having high absentee rates, for the purpose of performing supplemental cleaning and disinfection.

Many classrooms are currently provided with spray bottles to be used for the cleaning of surfaces during the day, and spray bottles are available from the school custodian upon request. This has been the standard practice of the district for many years. Last year’s custodial staff reduction included classroom floors being placed on a 2x per week cleaning schedule, but there was no change in the practices related to surface cleanings within the classroom.

Monday, March 2 update

365体育平台It has been a weekend full of new developments regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). As of this writing, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Spokane County. However, with several area districts deciding to close this week due to COVID-19 concerns, we wanted to provide you with updated information about how SPS is responding to this ever-changing health situation.

SPS departmental leaders and other essential personnel are meeting daily to share information and discuss contingency plans in the event the district is affected by COVID-19. We will post updates to the SPS homepage.

Spotting symptoms

365体育平台If staff see someone with one or a combination of COVID-19 symptoms – fever, cough and shortness of breath – they will send them to the nurse’s office immediately. It’s important to separate that person from well students and staff. Our health services department will then notify Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) for further instruction.

365体育平台Please help limit the spread of disease by keeping sick children at home. When you call the school to report your child’s absence, please be specific about reason for the absence.

Closing schools

365体育平台Closing a school or the entire district is a decision we do not take lightly, but the safety of our students and staff is our top priority. If a case of COVID-19 is suspected at an SPS school(s), we will work closely with the SRHD and will follow their professional guidelines. Once a decision is made, we will immediately notify families of the affected school(s).

Parents and guardians are always encouraged to consider their own situation and make their own decision about whether to keep their student home. Students are excused from school when parents so request.

Disinfecting SPS buildings

Our custodial staff provides cleaning and stocking of critical areas, including all restrooms, on a daily basis. In response to this situation, custodial staff have increased their focus on keeping soap, paper towels, hand sanitizer, and other cleaning materials stocked throughout the day. Day custodial staff are also prioritizing the disinfection of high-touch areas like doorknobs, faucets and handrails in their daily workload.

In the event that coronavirus is suspected at a school, the custodial staff will thoroughly disinfect the entire building. School buses that serve the effected schools will also be thoroughly disinfected.

Academic resources during extended absences

SPS is ready to academically support students who are out of school for extended periods of time.

365体育平台Teachers can provide instructional materials electronically via Blackboard, Office 365 or email, or can send paper copies via US mail. Secondary students have access to all core course curriculum (English, Math, Science, Social Studies) and possibly other courses they are registered for via Blackboard. Elementary students can keep up with their English language arts, science, social studies and math through MobyMax.

What you can do

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). However, you can help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases by:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Staying home when you are sick.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with your elbow or with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Following CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.

Resources

365体育平台The CDC regularly updates their with the latest information, along with helpful visual aids:

365体育平台NPR also shared to younger children.

For localized updates, continue to check as well.

Friday, Feb. 28 update

365体育平台SPS continues to monitor this evolving public health situation. We work side-by-side with Spokane Regional Health District and will follow their professional guidelines.

365体育平台You can keep our schools safe for everyone by sharing information with your children and fellow community members.

is a good place to learn about the coronavirus disease:

365体育平台Current understanding about how the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) spreads is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses.

Person-to-person spread

365体育平台The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)
  • Via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects

365体育平台It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Symptoms

For confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Prevention

365体育平台There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for  and  (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.