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About the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This page is dedicated to information and updates about COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus), including our response plans. This page will be updated as new information becomes available or if directions change. Last Updated on March 4, 2020. 

Current Understanding of Virus

  • Symptoms most commonly include: fever with cough or shortness of breath; Some people have fewer or no symptoms at all. Headache, sore throat, and runny nose also occur with this virus.
  • Spread is most likely from droplets (cough and sneezing).
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers this a serious public health threat, but with health risk from this virus to be low at this time.
  • It is not yet known whether people carrying the virus, but have no symptoms, can spread the virus to others.
  • Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days, or as long as 14 days, after exposure.
  • Most people with this infection will recover on their own. There is no specific treatment for novel coronavirus infection yet.
  • For patients who are more severely ill, hospitals can provide supportive care.

 

What are Schools Doing?
We are following guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), as well as the guidance from public health departments at the State and County levels to keep our student and staff populations safe and healthy.

What We Are Doing?

  • All children and staff members with respiratory symptoms and fever (greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 37.8 Celsius) should remain home (from school and other activities) until they have no fever for 24 hours, without fever medication.
  • Students and staff who have productive coughs (i.e. a wet cough) should stay home. However, those with only mild, dry coughs and sneezing may come to school if feeling well and no fever.
  • A student or staff member who has been in contact with a person with a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19 within the past two weeks should be excluded from school only if that student has a sign of a respiratory illness (fever OR cough or shortness of breath).
  • Students should not be excluded from school or any school activities based on race or country of origin.
  • If a student or staff member who has been to China, Iran, South Korea or Italy within the past 14 days presents at school with fever and symptoms of either cough or shortness of breath, they should be excluded from school until they can be cleared by a nurse or physician.
  • Students (and all individuals) who have visited China, Iran, South Korea or Italy within the past two weeks should be advised to call their doctors for instructions if they have fever with either cough or shortness of breath. Healthy members of that household are not required to stay away from school.
  • If any student or staff member in this district is suspected to have the COVID-19 we will work with public health authorities who will collaborate with that student’s or staff member’s own physician to guide any further restrictions and public notifications.
  • As a reminder, all student and staff health information is confidential and cannot be shared with other students or with school site staff.
  • Any disease notification letters sent from school to the general school community and to schools’ parent community will always be done in consultation with the Public Health Department.
 
Basic Prevention of Virus Spread

  • Make sure all family members are up-to-date with their flu shots.
  • Promote basic hygiene:
    • Any coughing or sneezing should be directed into one's sleeve, rather than into hands or the air.
    • Wash hands after using and handling used tissues, after blowing nose, before/after eating, and after toilet use.
      Wash for 20 seconds with soap, rub between fingers and under nails; and then rinse and dry.
    • Use alcohol (60%+) hand gel if sinks are not readily available.
    • Avoid rubbing your eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Do not share utensils, cups etc.
    • Stay home when sick.
    • Avoid contact with those who are sick.
  • Wearing masks in public is not recommended for Americans by the CDC nor by our local public health department. It will be discouraged in schools. Handwashing is considered the best protection from infectious diseases.
 
Our Response Plan if Coronavirus Begins Spreading Locally
Urban Discovery Schools will follow all directives to reduce exposure in school. It is the public health department that decides on: quarantines, school closures, and exclusion policy, not the School District.
 
Field Trips and School Activities
All field trips and school activities that are not required as part of our program of study will be postponed at this time. Events will be limited until after more information on COVID-19 testing is available in the upcoming weeks.
 
Travel
Many students may travel with their families during the Spring Break. The following website should be checked before traveling: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices
 
Resources
Information on this virus and how to control its spread may change in the following days and weeks. We will update information, as it becomes available.
 
Follow our website as well as the following resources for up to date, accurate information: