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Over the last several days, you have no doubt seen many stories about the coronavirus in China and elsewhere. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing respiratory illness in people, with symptoms such as fever, cough and difficulty breathing. While severe illness and approximately 2,700 deaths have been reported in China, other patients have had milder cases and recovered. The United States Centers for Disease Control continues to believe the risk of the virus to the American public at large remains low at this time and there are no reported cases in Missouri. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has established an informational website with links to the CDC here https://health.mo.gov/living/healthcondiseases/communicable/novel-coronavirus/
Recent news reports have focused on the possibility of coronavirus cases increasing in the United States. Please know that this district will follow all recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the state for maintaining healthy school environments. In addition, we will reinforce our disinfecting practices with staff, who are particularly conscious of keeping surfaces clean during cold and flu season. Families should also continue to practice the same good health precautions recommended during flu season:
- Washing hands frequently with soap and water; using alcohol-based hand sanitizers when soap and water aren’t available
- Avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth to prevent spread of germs
- Covering nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and objects such as doorknobs, toys etc., especially if someone is sick.
- Staying at home when you are sick
WGSD will continue to work with state and county health authorities as they monitor the situation locally and beyond. District staff will monitor any illness in the schools, as is our standard practice. As new information becomes available, we will share that with families.Thank you for your help in keeping students healthy.