The safety and well-being of our community is our top priority. As you are likely aware, on Tuesday, February 25, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provided an update on the current status of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and what steps should be taken moving forward. Given the elevated level of concern, we are carefully monitoring developments and modifying our school’s preparedness accordingly. We will keep you informed if and how these efforts may impact school-related events (field trips, outdoor education trips, etc).
We wanted to share with you some of the standard procedures our school follows to keep SF Day healthy:
- High touch surfaces (electronics, doorknobs, light switches, etc.) and high traffic areas (library, cafeteria, lobbies) are regularly disinfected.
- Cleaning supplies and hand sanitizers are readily available for all classrooms and shared spaces.
- All students are explicitly reminded to wash their hands multiple times a day (e.g. before lunch, after using the restroom, after recess, etc).
In addition to the above, we are taking the following precautions:
- Providing community education for faculty, staff, administration and students.
- Revising menu items in the cafeteria to provide alternatives to items eaten primarily by hand (e.g. sandwiches, pizza, burritos) and supplementing the salad bar with pasta and proteins (meat, vegetarian, and vegan).
- Increasing the frequency of disinfecting high traffic areas.
- Posting signage around campus to help remind us to practice healthy hygiene.
Please help us keep SF Day healthy by practicing the recommended precautions with your children:
- Wash hands carefully and frequently with soap and water.
- Avoid touching the eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
- Avoid sharing personal items such as water bottles or eating utensils.
- Use a flexed elbow or tissue to cover the nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing (then discard tissue and wash hands).
- See a healthcare professional if there are signs of virus-like symptoms.
Also, if you or a family member have recently traveled to a destination with risk of community spread coronavirus, please take important note of the CDC’s travel advisories.
Per our Parent/Guardian & Student Handbook, please remember that children with a fever should stay home until they are fever-free for 24 hours, and those who have vomited during the night should not be sent to school the following morning. If your child has been diagnosed with the flu or is out sick with a fever, it is imperative to notify Sandi Gilmore (firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-568-3604). As always, SF Day will notify parents/guardians of any exposure to a contagious disease (lice, flu, etc.) in their child’s class.
In times of uncertainty, we are especially grateful for the inclusive and supportive nature of our community. Thank you for taking care of yourselves and each other.