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March 18, 2020

What is the Coronavirus or COVID-19 virus?

The Novel Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person.  The virus was first identified in Wuhan, China.  

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Patients with COVID-19 have reported mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

How is the COVID-19 virus spread?

According to the CDC, the virus that causes COVID-19 belongs to a family of viruses called "coronavirus."  There are other viruses in the coronavirus family that can cause illness in both humans and animals.  These viruses can cause either mild illness like a cold or can make people very sick with pneumonia.  This particular coronavirus has not been seen previously in humans.  The virus is likely to spread from person to person.  Since the virus is new, health authorities continue to carefully watch how this virus spreads.

How will I know if I or my children have the flu or COVID-19?

While both illnesses are respiratory viruses with symptoms of fever and a cough, it is recommended that anyone experiencing these symptoms visit a healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment.

What can I do to prevent being infected or spreading the virus?

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a covered trashcan.
  • If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands).
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

What is the district doing to protect students, faculty, and staff?

All face-to-face classes have been suspended and will be replaced with virtual instruction and other alternative learning options.  At this time, the district will be closed to students beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, through Friday, March 27, 2020.  Any extension of this closure will be determined during the week of March 23, 2020.

Should I or my child wear masks?

The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19.  You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it.  A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms.  This is to protect others from the risk of infection.  The use of facemasks is crucial for health workers and other people who are taking care of someone infected with COVID-19 in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

If you are not sick and are around someone who is sick, maintaining proper infection control such as frequent hand washing and cough etiquette is the best form of protection.

What is being done to keep schools clean and protect students?

Custodial staff is performing extra cleaning of our campus buildings, and school bus drivers have been asked to clean bus interiors.  For the week of March 23-27, 2020, our custodial and cafeteria staff will be deep cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing all spaces such as classrooms, restrooms, offices, the gymnasium, kitchen, and dining area.

What should I do with my children over the extended time at home?

Spring Creek ISD has many digital tools to support distance learning, and our students will have access to these resources which are aligned with their classes.  We will provide information on additional ways to leverage these technological resources for continued student support should it become necessary to extend our district closure beyond March 27, 2020.

You will hear from our district soon regarding virtual instruction.  We appreciate your patience and partnership as our faculty and staff prepare to serve your child at a distance.

What about after-school activities, tutorials, etc. during the closure?

Our offices will be closed to the public and all after-school activities and tutorials will be canceled until further notice.

How should I explain COVID-19 to my student?

The document below is from the National Association of School Psychologists and NASN and provides guidance to parents on how to provide accurate prevention information and facts to students without causing undue alarm.

Talking to Children About COVID-19





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