March 2, 2020
Dear Stoddert families,
This afternoon your child will bring home a letter from Chancellor Ferebee concerning the coronavirus. A copy of this letter has also been posted on the Stoddert website. The letter contains some important, common-sense recommendations to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus and other common illnesses such as the common cold, fever, cough, and sore throat. The letter also provides information about the steps DCPS is taking to equip all schools to maintain a clean, disinfected environment.
In addition to the information provided by Chancellor Ferebee, here are some more specific guidelines for: 1) when to keep your child home from school; 2) preventing illness, and; 3) how you can help.
When to keep your child home from school:
- Children with symptoms of illness such as fever, chills, or persistent cough should stay at home until they are fever-free for 24 hours without using fever reducing medications such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen. Staying at home while febrile (over 100.0 F) will reduce the spread of illness.
- Take your child to a health care provider if symptoms worsen or do not resolve within 24-48 hours.
- A child diagnosed with a communicable disease such as strep throat or bacterial conjunctivitis must stay home for 24 hours after the first dose of antibiotics and/or when cleared by a physician to return to school.
- Students who are sick should not participate in any school activity, in after-care, or in other community activities.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue to cover coughs and sneezes, then dispose of the tissue immediately. When a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
- Regularly clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces or objects.
- Wash hands with soap for 20 seconds under clean, running water to help prevent the spread of germs.
- If you cannot wash your hands, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60-95% alcohol.
We are making extra effort to ensure that all Stoddert students and staff members follow these common-sense steps. To help in this regard, Nurse Carlson has posted signs and made hand sanitizer available throughout the Stoddert school building.
How you can help:
- Feel free to donate extra hand sanitizer. A box has been placed in the lobby to serve as a collection point.
- Make sure you subscribe to the Chalkboard and regularly check the website to stay abreast of any new developments.
- Robo calls may also be used to communicate any urgent breaking news.
We love our Stoddert students and families and will continue to do everything within our power to maintain a safe and secure learning environment. As always, we thank you for your continued support.
Principal Bryant Assistant Principal Scott