Coronavirus Letter to Community

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    March 6, 2020

    Dear Winnebago Public Schools Community:
    We are writing to you because we value the health and well-being of our students, staff and families. We work throughout the year to promote healthy schools. Safety is always our priority.
    As the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) share more information about COVID-19, or the coronavirus, we want you to know that we are regularly in contact with the County Health Department. From fighting the flu to monitoring other health concerns, we follow their guidance and CDC recommendations. We work alongside community service
    partners to plan and respond. We are sharing this information so you are aware. There are no specific recommendations for schools from the County Health Department
    related to COVID-19 at this time.
    Our custodial staff is working diligently to ensure our school is disinfected.
    Healthy reminders about hygiene in the middle of cold and flu season still apply:
    • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water
    • Help your students to wash their hands well
    • Do not drop off your sick child at school
    • Stay home when you’re sick
    • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing
    • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms

    Links to Center for Disease Control, World Health Organization, and other resources will help educate on this topic

    CDC Coronavirus 2019 Homepage
    World Health Organization Coronavirus 2019 Homepage
    State Public Health Department
    Local Public Health Departments
    Cedar, Dixon, Wayne, Thurston Counties= Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department
    Dakota County Public Health Department
    Knox County= North Central District Public Health Department
    Additional Coronavirus Resources:
    Coronavirus-CDC Fact Sheets and Posters
    Coronavirus-CDC “Share Facts Not Fear”
    Coronavirus-CDC Information Specific to Children
    SAMHSA-Talking with Children During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
    Handwashing Education/Promotion-CDC “Clean Hands Save Lives”
    Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidelines for Schools-CDC
    Flu Prevention-CDC Toolkit for Schools/Daycares

    Again, we are sharing this information so you are aware. As global and local monitoring continues, we will keep you updated if need be.

    Sincerely,
    Dan Fehringer, Superintendent