March 12th: Letter to Parents
Dear Coleman Families:
The Coleman School District values the health and well-being of our students, staff, and families. Safety is always a priority, and we work throughout the year to promote a healthy school environment. For that reason, as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to develop, our administrative team is working closely with our school nurse and custodial team, as well as in collaboration with the local Public Health Department.
At this time, there have been no confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in Marinette or Oconto counties. In the state of Wisconsin, there are currently six confirmed cases. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the risk of transmission within the state remains low.
However, this is a fluid situation with recommendations coming from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on an ongoing basis. We are working diligently to remain well informed and plan for response to emerging communicable disease concerns, as advised by Public Health. For the most up-to-date information, please visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/disease/covid-19.htm and/or the Center for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.
As with other respiratory viruses, there are simple steps which can help decrease the spread of COVID-19:
Frequent hand-washing with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Stay home when you are sick
Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow or a tissue, then discard the tissue in the trash
Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects/surfaces
Our district’s custodians are exceptional and already follow strong practices for preventing the spread of viruses. We will continue to engage in frequent disinfecting of surfaces such as desktops, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, stair rails, etc. and utilize products that have been approved to quickly kill COVID-19. In addition to frequent disinfecting, our staff will also work with students on matters of personal and community hygiene. This includes frequent reminders about: washing their hands well, proper coughing/sneezing etiquette, and avoiding touching their face with unwashed hands. The virus is spread from person to person by droplets, when coughing or sneezing.
The Coleman School District is being proactive and has developed a pandemic plan to be initiated if the need arises. Should an outbreak occur in our area, we will work closely with local public health authorities, the CDC, and DPI to assure their guidelines are followed.
For now, our best advice is to practice the above-mentioned prevention techniques, to keep students who are ill home from school, and to consult your primary medical provider if any of the symptoms associated with the COVID-19 virus present. COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Please note, when reporting an ill student on the school absence line, it is very helpful for us to know what symptoms your child is experiencing. The nurse uses this information to track trends.
More information will be shared with you as this situation evolves, and we look forward to your partnership as we all manage this rapidly evolving situation.
Mr. Douglas Polomis