- Sumner-Bonney Lake School District
Update as of Feb. 4, 2020
The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District's top priority is the health and well-being of our students, staff and community. We are committed to keeping our families informed about health issues that have gained concern locally.
As you may know, China is experiencing an expanding outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Please know that our Health Services Department is working closely with the Washington Department of Health (DOH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in monitoring the situation and tracking guidance.
DOH is the lead agency in public health crisis situations, providing direction to school districts in how to manage responses. While 2019-nCoV is a serious illness, at this time, DOH considers it a low risk to the public. There is no evidence that 2019-nCoV is spreading in Washington at this time.
The CDC recommends that all travelers from China (including school students, staff and volunteers) arriving in the U.S. after February 2, 2020 at 2 p.m. should stay at home, away from others, and monitor their health for 14 days. This course of action was put in place due to the increasing number of cases of 2019-nCoV in China, not in the US.
At this time, there are no confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV in Sumner, Bonney Lake or our school communities. If we are informed of a confirmed case, or a person who is being evaluated for having 2019-nCoV, we will work with DOH to follow their protocol in informing those who may be affected and what next steps we should take.
What Sumner-Bonney Lake School District is doing:
Student absences will be excused for those who stay home due to this recommendation. Please contact your school’s attendance office to inform them of your situation.
- DOH coronavirus school response webpage
- DOH coronavirus information page
- DOH Q&A about coronavirus in Washington
- SBLSD guidelines for when to keep children home during a normal illness
DOH and CDC are recommending heightened precautions *ONLY* for those individuals who have had close contact with someone who is confirmed to have 2019-nCoV or is being evaluated for 2019-nCoV. These recommendations are:
- Monitor your health starting from the day you first had close contact with the person and continue for 14 days after you last had close contact with the person. Watch for these signs and symptoms:
- Fever. Take your temperature twice a day.
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
- Other early symptoms to watch for are chills, body aches, sore throat, headache, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, and runny nose.
- If you develop fever or any of these symptoms, call your healthcare provider right away.
- Before going to your medical appointment, be sure to tell your healthcare provider about your close contact with someone who is confirmed to have, or being evaluated for, 2019-nCoV infection. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected. Ask your healthcare provider to call the local or state health department.
- If you do not have any symptoms, you can continue with your daily activities, such as going to work, school, or other public areas.
Even for those individuals who have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for 2019-nCoV, the CDC is recommending that these individuals continue with their daily activities, such as going to work, school or other public areas, as long as they are not symptomatic.
For everyone else, CDC recommends:
- Washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds; use alcohol-based sanitizer if no water available
- Avoiding touching eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoiding close contact with those who are sick (within 6 feet)
- Staying home if sick
- Covering cough or sneeze with tissue, throwing tissue in trash, washing hands
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched object and surfaces