Update on NBSD's Preparations for the Coronavirus
Partner with Us to Keep our Community Healthy
The safety of our students, staff and families is the top priority within the North Beach School District. We are asking students, parents and the community to join us as partners in preventing the transmission of all contagious diseases -- including colds, influenza and the newly discovered COVID-19, which is caused by the novel coronavirus.
Health officials have emphasized that everyone has a key role in preventing a larger outbreak. More than anything, we all need to remain vigilant in covering sneezes and coughs, frequent hand washing and staying home when ill.
What We're Doing
Our administrative team, working with our custodial staff, are tweaking the existing cleaning strategies that we use daily in each of our buildings. Custodial staff will be disinfecting high-touch surfaces throughout the school more frequently for the foreseeable future. Bus drivers will also be asked to wipe down seats and hand railings in the buses.
What You Can Do
Our instructional staff will step up efforts to coach kids on measures to stop the spread of viruses. We encourage you to learn and practice these measures, too, and reinforce them with your loved ones at home:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Don't touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and clean hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not readily available).
- If no tissue is handy, cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow instead of your hand.
- Wash your hands frequently, especially after going to the bathroom or before preparing food or eating.
- Demonstrate good hand washing techniques to your students. Wash for at least 20 seconds with soap, scrubbing the fronts and backs of hands, between fingers and the tips of fingers. Singing Happy Birthday while washing is a good way to time themselves. Or sing the ABC song twice, all the way through.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
In light of the CDC’s admonishment to stay home at the first sign of illness, we want to remind everyone to keep kids home if they have a fever, a cough, or otherwise display signs of illness, particularly respiratory issues.
If students display signs of illness during the day, we will do a quick triage and, if they are ill, isolate them and ask their parents to come take them home as soon as possible.
Where can you get more information?
School districts work closely with the Washington Department of Health as well as local health departments at times like these. They provide excellent information in a timely manner and provide guidance when disease outbreaks may impact school operations.
Here are a few links that you might find helpful in better understanding the coronavirus.
NBSD is proactively monitoring the progression of the coronavirus. We have been a part of state webinars on this subject and will continue to be a part of any training or information offered by the State Department of Health.
We appreciate our North Beach family and community partners at times like these. As new information emerges we will continue to update our parent community.
Questions can always be directed to our building principals, Nurse Libby, or the district office.