Health & Safety
What is the Coronavirus?
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is one of a family of viruses that can cause symptoms like the common cold and/or flu virus. Although the immediate health risk to our students is low, we are taking precautions.
What do symptoms of Coronavirus look like?
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) can cause mild to severe respiratory symptoms such as cough, runny nose, sore throat, congestion, fatigue, shortness of breath and fever.
What can parents do to protect their family?
Family members need to wash their hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. (Alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol content can work in a pinch, but they’re generally not as effective as soap and water). Hands should be washed before eating, after using the bathroom, and when you come inside from outdoor activities that caused hands to get dirty.
- Teach children not to touch their mouth, eyes or noses unless they just washed their hands.
- Cough and/or sneeze into your elbows and not your hands.
- Distance yourself from anyone coughing or sneezing.
- Encourage Healthy Habits, like eating a healthy diet, exercising, and getting enough sleep.
- Get the Flu vaccine to help prevent the flu, which is more common and can be dangerous.
- Do not send students to school when they are sick.
What does the school do to protect?
- Daily monitoring of clinic visits and absentee rates
- Reminding students to frequently wash hands and cover their mouth when coughing / sneezing
- Assessing any students that come to the clinic with cold/flu symptoms
- Calling parents when students exhibit signs and symptoms of a virus
- Cleaning of buildings daily and deep cleaning when necessary
- Advising anyone that is sick to stay home, seek medical treatment, and return once symptoms are cleared; again we direct you to the ECS handbook for our return to school after illness policy
- Staying in close communication with the local and state health department as well as receiving guidance and direction from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
ECS asks that our families follow the CDC travel guidelines going forward. You can use these helpful links to continuously monitor up to date travel guidelines and recommendations:
CDC main travel webpage : https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
Types of Notices
(Red): Avoid all non-essential travel to this destination. The outbreak is of high risk to travelers and no precautions are available to protect against the identified increased risk.
(Yellow): Practice enhanced precautions for this destination. The Travel Health Notice describes additional precautions added, or defines a specific at-risk population.
(Green): Practice usual precautions for this destination, as described in the Travel Health Notice and/or on the destination page. This includes being up-to-date on all recommended vaccines and practicing appropriate mosquito avoidance.
CDC level 3 warning travel notice (AVOID non-essential travel)
CDC level 2 alert travel notice (practice enhanced precautions)
Travel within the US:
CDC recommends travelers, particularly those with underlying health issues, defer all cruise ship travel worldwide.
The U.S. Department of State recommends against cruise ship travel for all US citizens at this time