6 Key steps to preventing the spread of COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has stretched us in ways that we could not have imagined. It has affected almost every area of our lives including school. Attending schools will look different to families and students due to the safety measures in place to help reduce the spread of COVD-19. We can not guarantee that your student will not be exposed to COVID-19 in the school setting, but we do know that transmission of the virus is low in the school environments due to the safety measures that are implemented. By following 6 key steps we can prevent the spread of COVID-19 and get kids back in school.
Stay home if you are sick- Turn in the COVID screening forms before you come into the buildings. If your student is sick with COVID -19 symptoms or you can answer yes to any of the questions listed in the screening we do encourage you to consult with your healthcare provider or to obtain a COVID test at one of the testing centers (https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/community-testing.htm). Please also notify the school office.
You will want to wait at least 3-5 days before getting tested from the day you may have been exposed to COVID-19. If you have symptoms it is best to test right away.
- Link to when to keep your child home or have them return to school information (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1y05E1pELTo4iwPxU62cqMSrwZBh21Iyp48RI_pHiLLg/edit?usp=sharing).
- Spanish (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1er118V9YaBFlffbbLemEq92X05k36kbIgO3EhN6yK3w/edit?usp=sharing)
- Wash your hands- The gold standard is washing hands for 20 seconds with soap and water. Use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Cover your coughs or sneeze
- Wear a mask- Link to the Lodi School District mask information
- Maintain 6 foot distancing (even with fabric coverings on)
- Disinfect commonly touched surfaces- Most disinfectants take about 10 mins to dry to be effective.
Resources for Parents: Studies are showing the omicron variant is infecting more pediatric patients compared to the alpha – delta variants. Dr. Chao has provided COVID-19 pediatric focused resources from COVID-19 resources Healthy Children. These are important resources from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
How to clean your mask
- Include your mask with your regular laundry
- Use regular laundry detergent and the warmest appropriate water setting for the cloth used to make the mask
- Use the highest heat setting and leave in the dryer until completely dry
For more information visit How to Wash Masks on the CDC website