March 3, 2020
Dear TCSD community,
Coronavirus (COVID-19) and influenza are currently in the news and thus public concern is growing. The health, safety and well-being of our students and staff are a top priority at all times and our district leadership has developed preparedness plans for a variety of issues, including widespread illness. We are in daily contact with national, state and local partners and are continually monitoring this dynamic situation.
TCSD #1 is working closely with the Teton County Health Department and monitoring information being released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) on COVID-19. Please visit the Teton County Health Department for the most up to date local information and for links to other resources, including the CDC.
With spring break a few weeks away, we know many families and staff will be traveling throughout the US and internationally. If you will be traveling, we encourage you to consider recommendations from the CDC regarding any travel plans. This information is available through the Teton County Department of Health link listed above.
In addition to our planning and coordination efforts, our district asks families to join us in observing the following guidelines during this evolving health situation:
Handwashing. The best prevention is frequent handwashing, using soap and washing for at least 20 seconds. Use of anti-bacterial/hand sanitizer is also recommended.
Hygiene. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing.
Proactive efforts. We will continue efforts to disinfect and sanitize our classrooms, common areas and school buses with the recommended solutions to prevent the spread of germs.
If you get sick. If you believe your student has been exposed to COVID-19 or has flu-like symptoms including fever, cough and shortness of breath, please keep your student home from school and contact your health care provider to determine if medical attention is needed. Any student who comes to school with a temperature of 100.0 F or greater will be sent home; students will not be readmitted to school until they are fever free (without medications) for a full 48 hours.
Returning to school. A medical clearance from a medical provider will not be required at this time for return to school; however, we ask that parents be diligent in their determination of their child’s readiness to return. Please be considerate of others and remain home while symptoms persist.
Future local impacts. In the event of a declared medical pandemic, the school district may revisit the need for medical clearance to return to school following severe illness or other efforts to prevent the spread of illness within the school environment.
Thank you for your help and attention to the above. We will continue to keep our families, students and staff informed as new information becomes available.