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Letter from the Superintendent in regard to COVID-19

As was outlined in the information from the health department, which is posted on our website at www.tooeleschools.org, the coronavirus disease 2019, more commonly referred to as COVID-19, is a specific flu in a large family of coronaviruses. It is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. 

The State of Utah has formed a task force, led by Lt. Governor Spencer Cox, to address preparedness and response, to include supporting local communities and schools in the event of an outbreak. You can visit the following link for more information:  https://coronavirus.utah.gov. 

What Can You Do Now? 

As the CDC suggests, the best advice is to wash your hands frequently to lower the risk of spreading germs. You should not send students to school if they show any symptoms of illness, and seek medical attention if flu-like symptoms exist. Be sure to reach out to your child’s school and your medical provider if you have any concerns about your child’s health. 

What is the Tooele County School District Doing? 

Our District is in constant communication with the Tooele County Health Department and will follow protocols should a case be confirmed in the community. In the meantime, custodians are being asked to clean schools thoroughly, including the use of disinfectants to wipe down tables, desktops, door handles, and other touchpoints where germs and infection are often found. 

In the event the situation worsens, we are looking at ways to support ongoing teaching and learning through a digital environment. You should see a flyer come home requesting information on whether you have a computer and internet available in your home. Please fill the flyer out to help us better prepare in the event we need to close a school. 

As of today, there are no restrictions on public gatherings, but that may be a necessity in the future. We will provide updates as new information as guidance becomes available. Additional hand sanitizer and dispensers have been purchased and are being installed in Tooele County School District buildings.  

What if the Coronavirus is Confirmed in the Public School? 

In the event a case of Coronavirus is confirmed in one of our schools, a decision will be made to take the appropriate steps necessary to mitigate the situation. If the situation at the community level should become a threat, prompting school closures of any kind, parents will be notified with a specific plan in place. While this is not likely at this point, schools are prepared to take all necessary actions to protect public health. I have attached a few resources to this letter for your information. 

 

Sincerely, 

Dr. Scott Rogers 

Superintendent of Schools 

 

Protecting Yourself: You can protect yourself from coronavirus the same way you protect yourself from other viruses with a few commonsense practices.  

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often (for 20 seconds). Make sure you are cleaning between your fingers and under your nails. 
  • If you cannot wash your hands, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60-95% alcohol. 
  • Avoid shaking hands, especially with those who appear to be ill. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as much as possible. 
  • Disinfect shared surfaces. 
  • Stay home when you are sick. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. 

 

Symptoms: The coronavirus that is causing concern has symptoms similar to other respiratory illnesses. These may include:  

  • Runny nose 
  • Headache 
  • Cough 
  • Sore throat 
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Anytime a student experiences a high fever, it is recommended that they return to school after he/she has been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications. A coronavirus diagnosis would, of course, require being out of school longer (until released by the health department). 
Tooele County Health Department- Coronavirus

https://tooelehealth.org/coronavirus-disease-2019/

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by John Hopkins CSSE--real-time map:

https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

World Health Organization Coronavirus Q&A:

https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 webpage:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html