Update on Coronavirus and Precautions

Dear NWCA Families, 


As you are likely aware, on Tuesday, February 25th, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) gave a press conference updating the country on the current status of the coronavirus (COVID-19), and what steps should be taken moving forward. We wanted to share with you some of the steps our school is taking to prevent the spread of illness across our campus, and plan for the possible spread of the coronavirus in our community. 


As the CDC emphasized, there is not currently a coronavirus pandemic in the United States. A pandemic occurs when a disease is spreading from a variety of sources across a large region, and the number of cases across the US is still small. However, given how quickly the global situation is evolving, we are monitoring new developments and will continue to reevaluate our steps and actions daily. 


In the meantime,the most effective way to stay healthy and minimize the spread of infectious disease is to follow basic health best practices like: 


  • Avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections;
  • Washing hands frequently, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment;
  • Practicing cough etiquette (maintaining distance, covering coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, ec ). 
  • Asking all faculty, staff, and students who are feeling ill to stay home until they recover.

This is the time of year when many students and families are susceptible to the common cold and flu. We encourage all students, families, and staff to receive the influenza vaccine, as well as to wash their hands regularly. As is always the case, if students have a fever, they should remain home until they are fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications. 


Please review our Sickness and Communicable Diseases Policy within the NWCA 2019-20 Parent Handbook, and follow the guidelines in keeping your child and other members of our community safe. 


Our community is also preparing to alter our procedures and planning should the situation change. We are also thinking ahead regarding the impact upcoming school trips, and other non-typical school activities will have in the context of the coronavirus. We will communicate any changes affirmatively when the time is appropriate. 


It is important to remember that handling the spread of a serious contagion like the coronavirus is primarily a task for public health agencies. Any directives from the World Health Organization, CDC, or local governmental organizations should be followed. Please see the list of resources at the end of this email for links to these organizations.  


In times like this, we are particularly grateful for the strength and togetherness of this community. Please continue to look for further communications from us on this matter.


Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.


Sincerely,


Martha Ortiz

Head of School 

 


For the best and most up-to-date information, visit the links below: 

Oregon Health Authority: www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus or call 211


CDC (Center for Disease Control): www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV


Washington County Public Health: https://www.co.washington.or.us/HHS/CommunicableDiseases/covid-19.cfm


Beaverton School District: 

https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/


Helpful Information on Talking about Coronavirus to your Kids: 


Comic for Kids: 

What Kids Want To Know About Coronavirus: An Original Comic : Goats and Soda


NYT: 

How to Talk to your Kids about Coronavirus