March 2, 2020
We are aware of the coronavirus concerns of our community, as well as the recent statements from the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO). There are no known cases of coronavirus in Minnesota. If a confirmed case was to occur at Moorhead Area Public Schools, we will notify staff and parents/guardians within the school and take appropriate measures to keep all of our students and staff safe. Moorhead Area Public School encourages parents, staff and students to continue to follow CDC recommendations to prevent any infection of a respiratory virus:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when sick.
- Cough or sneeze into an elbow or use a tissue and place immediately in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
If a student or staff member shows respiratory symptoms, our school nurses will follow standard precautions and work with our district departments and the Health Department to further research individual/family travel histories.
We encourage families to follow the CDC’s information for travel, available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html. We request that parents/guardians notify their school principal if a child or member of their family has been to China or South Korea (both are on the CDC’s Warning Level 3 traveler’s list) and recently returned to our community. Out of an abundance of caution, we request that these children wait for the 14-day incubation period (beginning the day of return to the U.S.) to expire before enrolling in school or returning to school. We will not count these absences, and children will be provided online learning during this period and technology/access if needed.
Thank you for your continued support in keeping our students and staff safe. We have attached several informational documents. More information on the coronavirus can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.