Dear WRM families:
Our school has been closely monitoring the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) that began in China and has now sparked outbreaks around the world. This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cautioned that it expects the coronavirus to begin spreading at a community level in the United States.
The Texas Department of Health advises that the risk for all
Texans remains low.
WRM is following guidance from Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) to monitor and prepare for the possibility of confirmed cases in North Texas. We recently participated in training on this subject and are currently updating our Emergency Preparedness Plans in order to best manage the situation if an outbreak were to occur.
In the meantime, we encourage you to follow this guidance from the CDC:
People who think they may have been exposed to coronavirus should call their healthcare provider immediately. The CDC says that symptoms of this respiratory illness are similar to that of the seasonal flu, which may include fever, coughing and shortness of breath, and are thought to appear within two to 14 days after exposure.
The 2019 novel coronavirus is thought to be spread mainly from person to person via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Therefore, the best action you can take to protect yourself and others from getting and spreading the coronavirus is to follow the same precautions suggested for prevention of the flu or any other respiratory illness:
Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick and avoid contact with others until you have no fever.
We are closely following the updates and recommendations of the CDC and Dallas County Health District about watching for symptoms of the illness and assure you that no reported cases of the illness have any known connection to WRM.
We ask all families to follow WRM’s already established school policies re: illness by:
Keeping sick children home
Returning children to school when they have had no fever for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medications)
Having a plan in place for picking a sick child
Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with information about the reason for your child’s absence
This flyer from the CDC has useful information about stopping the spread of all communicable diseases.
We hope you find this information beneficial and will keep you posted as this situation evolves.