Will schools close as a result of the virus? It's a possibility, Olson says.

I wanted to communicate the Crookston School District's preparations to combat the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) as this is something that many parents may have questions on. I want to start by assuring you that the district put into place infection prevention procedures once a confirmed cases of coronavirus was reported in MN. The Minnesota Department of Health along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are monitoring and providing guidance to MN Public Schools. We continue to look for guidance and direction on this emerging situation from the MN Department of Health and our local Public Health Department.  

Q and A on the Coronavirus 

What is the school currently doing to prevent the spread of coronavirus?

Increasing the cleaning/disinfecting schedules of high traffic touch points such as door handles, push bars, etc. Encouraging hand washing for at least 20 seconds for students and staff. Providing disinfectants for each classroom We are also asking parents of children who are sick to keep the student home until the student is fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication

What can I as a parent/guardian do to prevent the spread of coronavirus?

Keep children who are sick home until the child is fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication Communicate with the school when in doubt about sending a child to school when they are showing symptoms of being sick. Talk to your child about the importance of washing hands for at least 20 seconds.

Will the school close as a result of the coronavirus?

The answer is that this is a possibility. At this time, we are planning on remaining open; however, as with any evolving situation things may change rapidly. Our priority is keeping our kids and staff safe. Communication of any closures will be issued using the same avenues as we currently announce storm closures. We would do everything possible to do so in a timely manner to ensure parents have as much time as safely possible to find childcare. I would recommend thinking through a plan in case the school would have to close for extended periods of time. 

What should I do for prevention?

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

How do I talk to my child about coronavirus?

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html

Additional Resources from the MN Department of Health:

Minnesota Department of Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) Website (https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html) CDC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Website
(https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html)

I have also attached an information sheet from the CDC on the Coronavirus entitled Share Facts about COVID-19. Please read this as it gives some basic information on the virus and ways of stopping the spread. If anyone has any questions or concerns, please reach out to me at 218-770-8717.

Share Facts about COVID-19