With the current attention on the coronavirus, we wanted to take the opportunity to provide our families with the most current, up-to-date information regarding this issue.
Recently, we had communicated that the Wilson School District, in an abundance of caution, brought our Chinese exchange students home on January 28, 2020. Students were kept home for 18 days to proactively ensure that our entire student population remained safe. Those students showed no symptoms related to the virus and have since returned to school.
We are aware that the spread of the coronavirus has continued globally and we wanted to provide you with preventative information, as well as, additional precautions that we, as a District, are taking.
According to a statement from the Center for Disease Control dated February 6, 2020, the coronavirus can evolve and infect people, then spread through human-to-human contact. Human coronaviruses spread just like the flu or a cold—through the air by coughing or sneezing; through close personal contact, like touching or shaking hands; by touching an object or surface with the viruses on it; and occasionally, through fecal contamination. Currently, the threat of someone in the United States becoming sick with the novel coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, is very low.
We are encouraging all families to protect themselves from illnesses such as the common cold, flu, and also the coronavirus, by adhering to the recommendations, found here from the Center for Disease Control.
As a District, we are also following these precautions for our students and staff:
- Nightly disinfection of all hard surfaces that students and staff come in contact with (i.e. door handles, water fountains, desk surfaces, etc.)
- Additional training of our facilities staff to ensure preventative precautions are in place.
- School nursing team reviewed the symptoms and is keeping current will all updates from the CDC and PA Department of Health
If you have questions regarding symptoms, please contact your family doctor or your building nurse. In addition, the CDC has many resources available at www.cdc.gov/COVID19