Will the breakfast and lunch program continue for families who need it?
Yes, the meals program will continue. You can find information here on this site. Look for "Meal Assistance" on one of the bars at left.
I need to register my child for kindergarten. How do I do that?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements to enroll your child.
What is being done to keep the schools disinfected? First, we want to assure you we have ample cleaning supplies and access to more, if and when we need them. Although empty shelves at area retailers are being shown by the media, our supplies come in bulk from wholesalers and there is no concern that we will not have access to whatever we need for the foreseeable future.
Beyond this, our employees are using special equipment and products that are specifically designed to disinfect large and/or public facilities. They are also spending additional time cleaning, instead of engaging in other tasks which are normally part of their work day. Finally, teachers and students are actively engaged in keeping their individual spaces clean and disinfected throughout the day.
Who is being affected most by this virus? Children are less affected than adults and the clinical attack rates among children aged 0 – 19 yrs are low. Studies in China indicate that household transmission is occurring from adults to children, rather than from child to adult — like we see with influenza. In addition, 80% of infections are mild or asymptomatic; this rate is even higher among children. The highest risk groups for severe or critical infection with COVID-19 are those who are elderly or have comorbidities (other underlying health conditions).
What is considered “exposure?” According to the CDC: “Based on what is currently known about COVID-19 and what is known about other coronaviruses, spread is thought to occur mostly from person-to-person via respiratory droplets among close contacts.
Close contact can occur while: 1) being within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of a person with COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time. Close contact can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a health care waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case. 2) having direct contact with infectious secretions from a person with COVID-19. Infectious secretions may include sputum, serum, blood, and respiratory droplets.”
Should a person be in social isolation if they were exposed to the virus or only if they are symptomatic? If someone is absolutely sure they have been exposed to the virus, public health officials need to be aware of this. That person will be told to self-monitor. If they develop symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., fever, cough, shortness of breath), they should report it to their healthcare officials and see their healthcare provider immediately.
Those who are symptomatic should be on home isolation. Information on home isolation can be found here:
If you crossed paths with someone who is currently asymptomatic but was exposed to the virus, should you be on social isolation? People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). However, some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
If someone you work with or provide service to is a family member of someone who has a positive diagnosis of coronavirus, should you be isolated? No. Isolation is only needed for those who are symptomatic or believed to be contagious. If public health believes that you have been exposed to an infected COVID-19 individual, they will consider you a contact and will have you self-monitor for signs/symptoms of disease.
Should all family members of a person with a positive diagnosis be quarantined? If so, for how long? The CDC currently recommends that a person who is in the same household as a known COVID-19 carrier should follow these recommendations:
Household members, intimate partners, and caregivers in a non-healthcare setting may have close contact with a person with symptomatic, laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 or a person under investigation. Close contacts should monitor their health; they should call their healthcare provider right away if they develop symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 (e.g., fever, cough, shortness of breath).
There is also a long list of other general infection prevention precautions to follow if you live with someone infected with COVID-19. Here is a link to the full list of recommendations: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html#precautions
How do I talk to my young children about COVID-19? This article that provides tips on how to discuss the virus with your children.