Since we are listening to so much about the symptoms, spread and consequences of COVID-19 I thought it might be important to post the guidelines for parents from the CDC website. This site has a significant amount of information about this virus including guidelines for teachers and administrators, concerning your protective measures and perceptions about this rapidly spreading virus. Here is the information from CDC for parents:
You can help protect your family from COVID-19 by daily practicing and promoting healthy habits. If an outbreak occurs in your community, your school may dismiss students to prevent further spread of the virus. Use this checklist to plan and take action if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community.
GENERAL HEALTH CARE
Practice and reinforce good prevention habits with your family
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Wash 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 a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Keep your child at home if sick with any illness
If your sick child home and contact your healthcare provider. Talk with teachers about classroom assignments and activities they can do from home to keep up with their schoolwork.
Be prepared if your child’s school or childcare facility is temporarily dismissed
Talk with your employer about sick leave and telework options in case you need to stay home with your child. Consider planning for alternate childcare arrangements.
IF YOUR SCHOOL/CHILDCARE PROGRAM IS DISMISSED
Keep track of school dismissal updates
Read or watch local media sources that report school dismissals or stay in touch with your school.
Talk to your school about options for digital and distance learning
Discourage children and teens from gathering in other public places while school is dismissed to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community
Seek guidance from your school administrator to determine when students and staff should return to schools
Duration of school dismissals will be made on a case-by-case basis based on the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 and the specific situation in your community. Students and staff should be prepared for durations that could last several days. Administrators should work with their local health authorities to determine duration of dismissals.
For administrators and teachers the CDC also has some information for you as well. This website is publishing a great deal of information as it becomes available.
This is a serious and very contagious virus! All of us as parents, teachers and administrators should be vigilant to keep our students safe and protected. I wish everyone good health and protection from COVID-19.