NSSD Coronavirus Information

March 2, 2020

North Santiam School District Parents and Staff:


This message will provide you with additional news and updates regarding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Oregon. As the number of cases in Oregon increases, it is important that parents and staff are aware of what the School District is doing to respond to the crisis.


While the spread of Novel Coronavirus is troubling, we must remind ourselves that fear, rumors, and stigma do nothing to stop the further spread of the disease. Viruses do not discriminate. Facts and science, proven public health measures and common-sense precautions in our personal lives are the best measures we can take to protect ourselves and each other.


The best source of information is the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). Their site also has links to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and other resources. Here is a link to the OHA’s website:


https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/DISEASESCONDITIONS/DISEASESAZ/Pages/emerging-respiratory-infections.aspx


OHA officials continue to recommend people in Oregon take the following everyday precautions to prevent the spread of many respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19 and influenza:


  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • If you are sick, stay home and seek medical attention if necessary.

  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched.

  • Take care of your health overall. Staying current on your vaccinations, including flu vaccine, eating well and exercising all help your body stay resilient.

  • Consult CDC’s travel website for any travel advisories and steps to protect yourself if you plan to travel outside of the US.


Student and staff safety remains our primary concern in the North Santiam School District. Our custodians will be focused on regularly cleaning and disinfecting surfaces such as desktops, door handles, and drinking fountains. The District will monitor Coronavirus developments closely and will work closely with both Marion and Linn Counties as well as the Oregon Department of Education to respond to new developments.


Sincerely


Andy Gardner

NSSD Superintendent