Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

How is Garfield Re-2 Responding to COVID-19
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The Garfield Re-2 School District, from the administrative teams to each and every custodian, takes the safety, health and wellbeing of our students seriously. We have been keeping a careful eye on the emerging COVID-19, commonly known as novel coronavirus, outbreak world-wide. There is currently only one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Colorado to date at this time, and we want families to know that the Garfield Re-2 School District is coordinating with the Garfield County Public Health Department & Environment (GCPHE) as we all monitor the progress of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). We rely heavily on the experts at the office of GCPHE to support us and we encourage you to visit the Garfield County Public Health (GCPH) coronavirus information page frequently, which will be updated with relevant news and information. We will also be updating the Garfield Re-2 website with coronavirus information at http://bit.ly/re2_coronavirus.

 

What we are doing

Planning and preparedness:

Our administrative team is meeting regularly to monitor the situation and develop an appropriate response. We are working with the  Garfield County Public Health & Environment and local health providers to coordinate planning and information regarding the Coronavirus. 

 

Cleaning:

During cold and flu season, our custodians have an intensified cleaning protocol. In our daily cleaning, we use a sanitizing solution in all classrooms and other areas. During the cold and flu, we also use a hospital-grade disinfectant that we spray on all surfaces to ensure thorough disinfecting.

 

How you can stay informed

We encourage all families to stay informed by checking the GCPH page. Garfield Re-2 will share information with families if and when the recommendations from Garfield County Public Health and Environment changes their recommended response for schools. In the event of an outbreak, we would follow the health department’s lead on any quarantines, closures, or other health measures needed.

 

Please help protect your family and our community from coronavirus and other respiratory viruses by taking some simple steps.

      Hand washing, hand washing, hand washing or, at minimum, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol content, however, know it is less effective than soap and water. We cannot stress enough the importance and effectiveness of frequent hand washing for at least 20 seconds to keep people healthy;

      Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Try to imagine the whole world covered in a fine layer of filth. We don't want that to end up in our mouths, so wash your hands before you eat, touch your eyes, nose and mouth;

      Routine cleaning and disinfecting are important - wiping down frequently touched surfaces is a good idea. This is also true for our cell phones. A regular household disinfecting type of wipe or spray works.

       Stay home if you are sick, cover coughs and sneezes and properly dispose of tissues.

      Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.

 

If you are sick:

      Stay home and avoid close contact with family or friends.

      Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your inner elbow shirt sleeve.

      Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

      Call your health care provider by phone before making an appointment for diagnosis and treatment.

 

See CDC’s “How Sick is Too Sick” Guide from the CDC in English and Spanish

 

Traveling and Spring Break

Spring break is around the corner, and we understand there may be concerns about traveling during the COVID-19 outbreak. At this time, CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to areas where there is widespread community transmission of COVID-19, including China, Iran, Italy, Japan, and South Korea. Currently, there are no CDC travel notices within the U.S. related to COVID-19.

 

The Centers for Disease Control has information about travel. You can find that information here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices. Find answers to frequently asked questions about travel and COVID-19, here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/faqs.html.

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