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Estacada Coronavirus Guidance and Preparation

Estacada Coronavirus Guidance and Preparation
Posted on 02/28/2020

2/8, 7:00 PM The 2019-20 flu season has included recent global cases of coronavirus (COVID-19). This is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. Symptoms of COVID-19 in an infected person may include a fever, cough, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. At this time there is one reported case in Oregon.

 

The Estacada School District is monitoring the situation and watching updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Oregon Health Authority, and local health officials. We are updating our emergency preparedness plan with guidelines surrounding pandemic response. We have school policies surrounding staff and student communicable diseases that we will also utilize. We will keep all families informed regarding new developments that could impact our schools.

 

Our district has developed a virtual-school day option for inclement weather, and would potentially utilize this platform and plan if schools were closed as a result of public health mandates. This implementation would be communicated thoroughly in advance of any closures.

 

The CDC offers these tips to help prevent common respiratory viruses as well as COVID-19:

 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand-sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • 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.

As a reminder, please do not send your children to school if they have a fever or have had a fever within the last 24 hours. We will continue to remind our students and staff about the importance of handwashing, and we are diligently sanitizing all school buildings regularly in response to the cold and flu season. If you have questions about these topics, please contact your child’s health care professional or the Clackamas County Public Health Department at (503) 742-5300. Thank you for your cooperation and partnership.