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2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Coronavirus Communication

3/3/20

Dear CCSD 46 Families,

I am writing today with an update regarding our response to COVID 19. You may have heard that an Arlington Heights couple has tested positive for the virus, and that a few members of the Arlington Heights School District 46 community may have been exposed, and thus are staying home to self-monitor. This, along with all of the news that is available about COVID 19, may have caused you to feel worried about the potential spread of the virus here in our own community.

We continue to monitor the recommendations of the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). At this point, it is not recommended that we close schools or change our programming. We are encouraged to continue educating our students at school as usual.

What else are we doing?
  • Our custodial staff will regularly disinfect doorknobs, drinking fountains, and other high-frequency "touch points", and of course restrooms.
  • Teachers will regularly talk with their classes about ways to keep germs from spreading. These recommendations from the IDPH are the same everyday precautions against getting sick in general.
    • We should wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • We should avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • We should avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • We should stay home when we are sick.
    • We should cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue, and then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • We will continue to consider what our options might be to keep learning going for students if we find at some point that we do have to close school.
What can you do?
  • Consider washing or cleaning off your student's coat, hat, backpack, lunchbox, and other school supplies, especially if your child has recently been sick.
  • Consider helping your student in grades 3-8 to clean the Chromebook regularly. Chromebooks can be cleaned with alcohol wiped from a package, or by applying a minimal amount of rubbing alcohol to a microfiber cloth. Liquids should not be applies directly to the Chromebook. In addition to any Chromebook cleaning a family does at home, alcohol wipes will be used regularly at school.
  • Most importantly, while school attendance is important, children should stay home from school if they are too sick to learn and there is a risk or spreading illness.
Information is posted here on our website, including information about Influenza A and Influenza B. We'll continue to monitor the information that we receive from the health community, and will respond quickly if anything changes. Wishing you good health.

Sincerely,

Dr. Lynn Glickman
Superintendent
CCSD 46



Comunicado sobre el coronavirus

3/3/20

Estimadas familias de CCSD 46,

Hoy escribo con una actualización sobre nuestra respuesta a COVID 19. Es posible que hayan escuchado que una pareja de Arlington Heights dio positivo por el virus y que algunos miembros de CCSD 25, Arlington Heights puede haber estado expuesta y, por lo tanto, se queda en casa para autocontrolarse. Esto, junto con todas las noticias disponibles sobre COVID 19, puede haberlo hecho sentir preocupado por la posible propagación del virus aquí en nuestra propia comunidad.

Continuamos monitoreando las recomendaciones del Departamento de Salud Pública de Illinois (IDPH) y el Centro para el Control de Enfermedades (CDC). En este punto, no se recomienda que cerremos las escuelas o cambiemos nuestra programación. Se nos anima a continuar educando a nuestros estudiantes en la escuela como de costumbre.

Que más estamos haciendo
  • Nuestro personal de limpieza desinfectará regularmente los pomos de las puertas, fuentes de agua potable y otros "puntos de contacto" de alta frecuencia y, por supuesto, los baños.
  • Los maestros hablarán regularmente con sus clases sobre formas de evitar la propagación de gérmenes. Estas recomendaciones del IDPH son las mismas precauciones diarias contra la enfermedad en general.
    • Deberíamos lavarnos las manos con frecuencia con agua y jabón durante al menos 20 segundos.
    • Debemos evitar tocar los ojos, la nariz y la boca.
    • Debemos evitar el contacto cercano con personas enfermas.
    • Deberíamos quedarnos en casa cuando estamos enfermos.
    • Debemos cubrir la tos o estornudar con un pañuelo desechable y luego tirar el pañuelo a la basura.
  • Continuaremos considerando cuáles podrían ser nuestras opciones para seguir aprendiendo para los estudiantes si en algún momento encontramos que tenemos que cerrar la escuela.
¿Qué puedes hacer?
  • Considere lavar o limpiar el abrigo, el sombrero, la mochila, la lonchera y otros útiles escolares de su estudiante, especialmente si su hijo ha estado enfermo recientemente.
  • Considere ayudar a su estudiante en los grados 3 - 8 a limpiar el Chromebook regularmente. Las Chromebooks se pueden limpiar con toallitas con alcohol de un paquete, o aplicando una cantidad mínima de alcohol en un paño de microfibra. Los líquidos no deben aplicarse directamente a la Chromebook. Además de cualquier limpieza de Chromebook que una familia hace en casa, se usarán toallitas con alcohol regularmente en la escuela.
  • Lo más importante, si bien la asistencia a la escuela es importante, los niños deben quedarse en casa si están demasiado enfermos para aprender y existe el riesgo de propagar enfermedades.
La información se publica en nuestro sitio web, incluida información sobre la Influenza A y la Influenza B. Continuaremos monitoreando la información que recibimos de la comunidad de salud, y responderá rápidamente si algo cambia. Te deseo buena salud.

Atentamente,

Dra. Lynn Glickman
Superintendente
CCSD 46



From the Illinois Department of Public Health:

2019 Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a new respiratory virus identified in December 2019 as the cause of an outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. People who get sick with COVID-19 develop mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms including fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Illness can begin 2 to 14 days after an exposure. Although this virus likely emerged from an animal source, it can also spread from person-to-person. Spread from one person to another is thought to occur mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Typically, with most respiratory viruses, people are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic.

The latest national situation summary updates, including the number of cases identified in the United States, are available on CDC’s web page Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). State situation updates can be found at DPH.ILLINOIS.GOV.




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