Coronavirus Update: Plan for Deep Cleaning and Disinfecting
Update on March 4, 2020…
Snoqualmie Valley families:
We appreciate the questions you have raised about our COVID-19 prevention and response plans. As a reminder, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Snoqualmie Valley schools and Public Health is not recommending schools close or cancel activities at this time.
In case COVID-19 spreads to our staff and students, Snoqualmie Valley School District is working on our plan and will notify our community if changes are needed. As part of that plan, the District will be following the guidance of Public Health - Seattle & King County and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In the meantime, we continue to follow regional developments, to closely monitor the health and attendance of our students and staff, and to prepare for any potential disruptions to daily school operations.
Extra Cleaning and Disinfecting: While Public Health is not recommending a change to our current cleaning procedures, the District is initiating a two-fold plan to enhance routine cleaning.
First, our District will engage in a deep cleaning and disinfecting of all schools this Sunday and Monday, March 8-9. This timing takes advantage of the pre-planned Professional Development Day on Monday, March 9, in which students will not be present at school. We are bringing in professional cleaners (with a cleaning plan that is approved by a certified hygienist) to partner with our own custodial staff. Additionally, Transportation staff will disinfect our school bus fleet on Monday.
To accommodate cleaning activity at Mount Si High School, the District is cancelling Monday evening’s Community Open House and Classified Job Fair.
Along with practicing good personal hygiene, we recognize the importance of ongoing efforts to disinfect common touch areas. We have also received many staff questions about bringing in personal cleaning products – however, state law requires only district-approved disinfectants to be used. We appreciate the willingness of staff to help and are inviting all employees to help, if they so desire.
At staff meetings this week, training will be provided on the proper use and storage of a district-approved, EPA-registered disinfectant spray that employees may to use on common touch areas in their classrooms and work spaces. Custodians will have supplies at each school to provide staff who are interested in helping. While our custodial staff will continue to do their jobs cleaning and disinfecting routinely, per Public Health recommendations, this additional step supplements those efforts and allows more frequent disinfecting of common touch surfaces. We encourage an “all-hands-on-deck” response to support healthy school environments in the weeks ahead.
The best prevention steps for viruses like the flu also prevent the spread of COVID-19 and decrease the chance of getting sick. Please help us remind students to wash hands frequently while at home or in the community.
Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, with 60% alcohol, if soap and water are not available. Here are two videos with good hand washing tips:
Cough into a tissue or your elbow (not your hand), then throw tissue away and wash your hands.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick and keep students home when they are ill.
Consult your healthcare provider if you or your child has health conditions that put you at increased risk.
Take care of yourselves and each other. We understand that many of you may have fears and worries about your own health, and the health of your children and family. Below are a couple resources that may be helpful for talking with your kids about the Coronavirus:
For questions: DOH Coronavirus Call Center:1-800-525-0127
We know this is a challenging time for many, and we appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we work together to keep our students, staff, and schools, healthy and safe. This event is rapidly evolving, and we will continue to keep families informed as soon as we learn more.