March 11, 2020
Dear Parents and Community Members:
With recent events and serious concerns regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) front of mind for citizens across our nation and across the globe, we as a school district recognize, and take very seriously, our responsibility to be as informed as possible, and as prepared as possible, as this circumstance evolves. Of our many commitments and priorities, the health, safety and well-being of our students and staff are paramount.
Over the past number of weeks we have been working closely with experts and government and educational partners to learn as much as is known, and to be prepared as possible for the impacts and implications that COVID-19 may have for schools and school districts. Expert information continues to be provided by the public health and medical professionals associated with the Center for Disease Control, the Department of Health, and the local Regional Health District(s) that has jurisdiction in our school district. We are also in continual communication with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Office of the Governor, our educational service district, and with fellow school districts and institutions of higher education in our region and across the state.
As the science of this virus comes into sharper focus, and as its impacts continue to be felt in our state - albeit more significantly in other areas of the state at the current time - we are mindful of the potential for its impact to affect the normal operation of schools. In addition to our routine and now even increased attention to the cleaning of our facilities and buses, we know that growing concerns may lead to recommended decisions that could alter our regular operations. We respect that the Office of the Governor holds emergency powers and authority in circumstances like this, and assuredly that public health agencies share in the authority relative to making decisions about a public school district's continued normal operation.
With a deep commitment to learning from the experts about the science and impacts of COVID-19, as well as to the health, safety and well-being of our students, staff and the larger community, we are continuing to make
variety of outcomes and for any adjustments that may be needed or mandated. We will continue to keep you informed as we move forward, and we appreciate and value your partnership with us as we travel this new road.
At this time, students sent home with a fever over 100.4 and respiratory symptoms, need to be fever free for 72 hours before returning to school. If the person is tested and found positive for COVID - 19, then she/he is to remain home for 72 hours post fever or 7 days after the onset of symptoms, whichever is greater. The protocol for being in close contact with people who test positive for COVID – 19 is still exclusion for 14 days.
Harrington School District