USD 504 Continues Efforts in COVID-19 Prevention
We know that there are some questions from parents and the media about the possible spread of COVID-19, more commonly referred to as the Coronavirus, in the United States.
Please be advised that in the United States the current risk of COVID-19 for the general public is low. It is critical to remain calm and to be vigilant in addressing any misinformation being spread. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website (cdc.gov) and the KDHE website (kdheks.gov) will provide credible and up-to-date guidance as it becomes available.
Oswego-Service Valley Schools want families to know we are closely monitoring information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and proactively working with state and local health partners for guidance on preventative measures for the Coronavirus Disease or COVID-19.
Each school has a hand sanitizer placed in multiple locations for easier access. The school nurse is continuing to provide handwashing education to the students. To take precaution for the spread of the Flu and other infectious diseases, for more than a month, USD 504 has performed additional disinfection measures in the classrooms and buses. USD 504 continues to ask that all students who are sick remain at home until they are fever-free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medications.
If families have additional questions about COVID-19, they are encouraged to view the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Fact Sheet from KDHE. This fact sheet includes information about the virus, symptoms, and severity, and how to protect yourself.
One of the most important things the Oswego-Service Valley community can do right now is practice preventative measures and remind students of everyday actions they can take to slow the spread of germs and prevent illness. The district appreciates the encouraging of these healthy habits at home as well.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. School staff has access to preventive products like disposable wipes and hand sanitizer to use throughout the day to stop the spread of germs. District custodial staff utilize hospital-grade disinfectants and decontamination cleaning systems that sanitize both hard and soft surfaces killing viruses and bacteria.
- Stay home when you are sick except to get medical care. Children who are ill should remain home until they are fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of medication.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Oswego-Service Valley Schools appreciates your partnership in supporting the health and safety of our school communities.
USD 504 will continue to communicate its plan of action as the situation evolves.