COVID-19 and Huerfano RE-1

Huerfano Re-1 School District
Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Pre-Pandemic Planning: Coronavirus

03/09/20

Huerfano SD Re-1 has been working closely with our local and State public Health Agencies as we monitor the global outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). While there have been some confirmed cases(numbers could change daily) of COVID-19 in Colorado to date, we want to take this opportunity to provide information about Huerfano SD Re-1 as we monitor this issue and what you can expect in the event of a major outbreak in Colorado.

What is Huerfano School District Doing?

Since the beginning of the outbreak, Huerfano SD Re-1 has been collaborating with our public health partners. The school district has an infectious disease preparedness plan and is working closely with fellow agencies to ensure the continuity of learning throughout this time. It is important to know that with any major outbreak, we would follow the Health Department’s lead on quarantines, closures, or other health measures. Our focus has been on how to ensure the safety of students and staff, and how education can continue. Our Public Health partners are not recommending additional actions by school districts at this time.

What is Coronavirus?

It is normal to be concerned about new diseases, and new information is coming out frequently. The best thing to do is stay informed from reliable sources and know the facts. Currently, the risk of getting the Coronavirus in Colorado is low since there are nine current cases in Colorado. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that have been associated with respiratory illnesses such as fever, cough and shortness of breath. Illness is spread through coughing or sneezing, much like influenza. Person to person spread is thought to occur mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory viruses spread. However, currently there is no vaccine for Coronavirus.

What can you do to stay Healthy?

If you are healthy:

  • Continue normal routine, including work, school and social activities
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Get your flu shot
  • Wash your hands with soap and water, or at minimum, use alcohol based hand sanitizer
  • Clean and disinfect desks, door knobs, hand rails, etc.

If you are Sick:

  • Stay Home –> please follow “How Sick is Too Sick” rules.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissue or inner elbow.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water, or, at minimum, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • No touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect desks, door knobs, hand rails, etc.

Additionally, we have stringent cleaning practices in place at all of our district’s schools and facilities to avoid disease transmission. Our custodial services staff are receiving additional training and are monitoring the situation to ensure safe practices are in place.

Feeling Sick? Stay Home!

As always, we encourage anyone who is feeling ill to stay home, especially if they are experiencing the symptoms listed on “Too Sick for School?” Guidelines. Also, if you are concerned about your student’s attendance rate in school related to illness please give us a phone call.

In sharing this information with you today, our intention is to provide factual information about Coronavirus COVID-19 and tips on reducing the spread of disease. We will continue to update families and staff as we know more about the potential progression. As a community, we must work together for the safety and well-being of everyone and we appreciate your ongoing support of our schools.

Thank you,

Stacy Maldonado, School Nurse
Michael J Moore, Superintendent