We have been fielding a number of questions about coronavirus, and we wanted to send you an update to answer your questions and connect you with resources. We are working closely with Public Health Madison & Dane County. The information below comes directly from PHMDC.
In the past few weeks, a novel coronavirus has spread from Wuhan, China to the United States and over a dozen other countries. There is a person with coronavirus in Dane County, but risk of getting the virus remains low in Dane County.
- If a student, family, or staff is supposed to be isolated, Public Health Madison & Dane County staff will make those arrangements with them.
- Healthy students, families, and staff who visited China and were in the United States before February 2, 2020 can go to school as they normally would.
- Students, families, and staff returning from China after February 2, 2020, will be contacted by Public Health Madison & Dane County on an individual basis and will be advised if they can go to school or not.
- All students, families, and staff who are sick should stay home from school.
Remind your students of everyday good health habits:
- Wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Cough and sneeze into tissues
We also wanted to stress the importance of avoiding assumptions or stereotypes about who you think might be sick. MMSD will not exclude people from activities based on their race, country of origin, or recent travel. If someone is supposed to be isolated, Public Health staff will make those arrangements with them.
The coronavirus situation changes virtually every day. Follow Public Health Madison & Dane County on Facebook and Twitter to see their daily update. They also provided this fact sheet for school districts. For the most up-to-date information, visit the CDC's coronavirus webpage.
We understand that this is a difficult topic and appreciate your patience and understanding. If you have any questions, please let me, your school nurse, or your child’s principal know.
Lastly, as a reminder, flu activity in our community is high. It’s not too late for your family to get their flu shots. As always, keep your child home if they are sick. Any student or staff with a persistent cough and fever should stay home from school/work, per our Illness Guidelines.