In light of the global concerns about Coronavirus, District 140 wants to share with you information that the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has published for schools throughout the state.
The good news is that currently the health risk to the general public from Coronavirus remains low, not just in Illinois but throughout the United States. Currently, the IDPH says it recommends schools hold classes and events as usual and follow routine cleaning and disinfecting procedures. No special measures are necessary.
It also says that the best way to protect against Coronavirus is by taking the same everyday precautions against getting sick in general, including:
● Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
● Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
● Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
● Staying home when you are sick.
● Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash.
● Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Our nurses will remain vigilant in monitoring the student body, especially in cases where students exhibit symptoms associated with the virus. The nurses are in frequent contact with the Cook County Health Department to receive the latest guidance.
D140 custodians will continue to follow the recommended processes for cleaning and disinfecting with products registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
District 140 will continue to closely monitor recommendations regarding Coronavirus and will update you should there be any significant changes in recommendations for schools. Thank you for your support and partnership as we work together to keep our school community healthy.
Dr. Shawn M. Olson