05 Feb Parent Letter Regarding Coronavirus
As you are probably aware, Maricopa County Public Health recently confirmed one case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus in Maricopa County. This individual is a member of the ASU community and risk to Maricopa County residents, including the ASU community, is believed to be low at this time.
We understand there is much concern over this new strain, and MCDPH is committed to providing the most up-to-date information at http://www.maricopa.gov/coronavirus.
What MCDPH would like to stress to our school community is that in addition to flu, common strains of coronavirus are often circulating in our community. While it would not be uncommon for a child to be diagnosed from a health care provider with a coronavirus, the 2019 Novel Coronavirus is being tested for only through the CDC. This novel, or new, strain of coronavirus is currently only being identified in individuals who have had to travel to Wuhan, China.
Because protection from all respiratory viruses is similar, this is a good time to review strategies we can all use to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, such as the flu:
- Wash your hands often, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick and keep sick children home as well.
- Cover your cough or sneeze, and immediately discard any tissues.
- Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces.
Phoenix Elementary School District #1 staff takes these precautions inside of our classrooms in order to ensure a healthy learning environment for your children.
We will keep you updated with any developments that could impact our families or schools.
If you have any questions, please contact the school nurse.
Dr. Larry Weeks
CEO & Superintendent, Phoenix Elementary School District #1