COVID-19 Information and Resources

 

Dear parents, guardians, and staff,

 

I am writing to you to provide an update on Sweetwater County School District #2’s preparedness plan for the COVID-19 virus.

 

As you are probably aware, the COVID-19 virus has spread to the United States, and will likely be in Sweetwater County in the foreseeable future. As scientists are learning more about the virus, we are following those reports and tracking developments. Guidance for school systems is evolving daily as well.

 

In places where COVID-19 has been widespread, governments have taken steps to contain the outbreak by cancelling school, public events and keeping people from being together in community spaces. Some of these actions may very well happen in the future here in Green River, so we are doing our best to prepare.

 

In preparing ourselves for prevention and action, these are the steps we are taking:

 

  • Increasing the frequency and depth of our cleaning routines at school. As with other outbreaks in the past, Sweetwater #2 takes measures to increase the number of times that bathrooms, doorknobs, handrails, etc., are disinfected, and we use cleaning agents deemed effective for schools.
  • Nurses and/or office personnel will be sending students home if they are observed to have symptoms of flu or cold and/or fever. This is a practice we currently have in place. While this may be inconvenient for parents, we feel that keeping sick students away from healthy students will be important during cold and flu season.
  • Sweetwater School District #2 will be reviewing our emergency response measures and how we communicate different levels of action. We will be communicating with local and state health authorities to help with guidance in decision making.
  • Teachers and principals will be communicating with students and parents as far as what they should expect to do in the event of a short or long-term school closure.

 

Here is what parents should be doing in preparation: 

 
  • Keep sick children at home.
  • Think about child care plans in the event of school closure.
  • Test your technology at home - can you access the parent portal on our website? If not, please reach out to the school for help. These will be vital resources for you and your child.
  • Communicate with the school and your child's teachers if you don't understand or have questions.
  • Prepare other types of home-learning activities, especially PE, fitness and outdoor activities. Your children move around a lot at school - you should plan to build in play and movement if they are at home for an extended period of time.
  • Don't panic. Be prepared but stay calm. Your child will take cues from you, so if you are calm and rational, that will keep their anxiety level down.

 

One of the challenges for administrators nation-wide is modeling a sense of calm, yet acting with caution for the safety of our students and staff. Please be patient with us as we navigate this complex issue. While the Coronavirus news is concerning, it is important to point out that there are other respiratory viruses like influenza currently circulating in schools. Fever, coughing and difficulty breathing are symptoms associated with all of them.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Jamie Christensen

Superintendent of Schools

Sweetwater County School District #2