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Help Prevent the Spread

4 months ago

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All year, Summit School District works closely with our local public health partners as staff and student health and safety is our top priority. On matters related to infectious disease, SSD follows health protocols, recommendations, and direction from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Safety (CDPHE) and Summit County Public Health (SCPH). Throughout flu season and in the case of pandemic influenza, SSD would like to remind families to be vigilant keeping yourself and others healthy.

Summit School District is committed to continuing essential services for students during the extended dismissal, including learning opportunities, meal program, and support services. Please see the Continuity of Student Services Plan (En Español) for more information


WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath. These viruses spread through coughing or sneezing, much like the flu.


HOW TO KEEP YOURSELF AND OTHERS HEALTHY

You can help keep our schools healthy by following the guidelines below. The same precautions recommended for avoiding colds and flu can help protect yourself and others against the coronavirus:

  • Get a flu shot.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing (Español).
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Stay home if you are sick. Follow these Guidelines in Care (Español) for when to keep a sick child home. If you need to keep your child home due to illness, please report that the absence is due to illness and remember the importance of keeping your child at home until they are 24 hours free of symptoms.

WHAT IS SSD DOING?

Thorough cleaning is an important part of our prevention strategy, as keeping our students and staff safe is our top priority. In our schools, we are following our usual high standards and strict protocols of frequent and thorough cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting. 

Summit School District follows recommendations and guidelines provided by Summit County Public Health (SCPH), Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and Center for Disease Control (CDC). Below are current recommendations provided to schools, which SSD has: 

  • Followed local, state and national health department recommendations and guidelines.

  • Summit School District has reviewed and revised a preparedness plan and emergency operations procedure to outline the strategy in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from a highly infectious disease outbreak such as Pandemic Flu in a collective, community approach.

  • Continued close working relationship with local public health department with an established, direct point of contact.

  • Collaborated with the local health department, county organizations, and services on a response plan.

  • Provided additional staff, student and family education and reminders as well as how to recognize symptoms of influenza.

  • Distributed educational materials to encourage hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.

  • Help families and communities understand the important roles they can play in reducing the spread of flu in schools.

  • Reminded parents and staff how long sick students and staff should remain at home.

  • Assessed level of supplies needed and purchased needed supplies for good hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting.

  • Developed alternative learning strategies to continue education in the event of an influenza pandemic and school dismissal.

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