LCSD Monitoring Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Dear LCSD Families,
We are closely monitoring the development of the coronavirus (COVID-19), and are working with the Lake County Public Health Agency to follow appropriate guidelines for contagious diseases in the schools.
What is coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath. These viruses spread through coughing or sneezing, much like the flu. For more information on COVID-19, please consult the following fact sheets:
How are the schools preparing?
Lake County School District follows the Infectious Disease Guidelines from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. This includes excusing children from school when they present with contagious symptoms, are too sick to participate, require more care than staff can provide, or require medical attention. We are also strongly encouraging hand washing among students and staff throughout the school day, especially before meals. For more information on when you should keep your child home from school, please consult the following guidelines:
What can I do to keep myself and others healthy?
As with other respiratory infections, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) recommends people protect themselves and others by practicing everyday actions:
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Wash your hands with soap and water or, at minimum, alcohol-based hand rub, which may be less effective than soap and water
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your inner elbow shirt sleeve.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as desks, doorknobs, handrails, etc.
- Get an annual flu vaccine if you have not had one.
Lake County Public Health Agency and Office of Emergency Management are holding a bi-lingual town hall on Friday, March 13th at Lake County High School to talk about community preparedness for COVID-19. Click here for more information on the town hall event.
Thank you for your support in keeping our community healthy,
Dr. Wendy Wyman, Superintendent