We value the health and well-being of our students, staff and families. We work throughout the year to promote healthy schools. Safety is always our priority. We are working closely with the Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE), and the Sedgwick County Health Department (SCHD), and will follow their guidance while working collaboratively with them on response to the Coronavirus or any other public health concern. Our school nurses monitor for communicable diseases in schools, and they contact KDHE/SCHD reportable diseases hotline to report any concerns.
We will continue to monitor over spring break, and will seek specific guidance from our local health partners if the need warrants. If you experience any symptoms of illness (fever of 100.4 or higher, cough, difficulty breathing) during spring break, it will be important to contact your healthcare provider prior to returning to school in order to be evaluated.
Prevention is key, don’t forget about simple ways to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow OR
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Follow CDC's recommendations for using a facemask:
CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
Wichita Public Schools is prepared
Our district administrators are meeting weekly to monitor student and staff health throughout our district, as well as developments with COVID-19. The following are extra steps we are taking to prevent the spread of illness:
- We have extended the flu season custodial cleaning protocol through April 17.
- All classrooms should have Clorox or Sani-Cloth wipes for intermittent cleaning as needed during the school day.
- We have ordered alcohol-based hand sanitizer to be delivered to all schools.
- All student attendance-based incentive programs will be suspended for the remainder of this school year.
- School nurses have a protocol established for isolating a child who reports to the school office with flu-like symptoms.
- We have asked school administrators to monitor student and staff daily attendance to identify any emerging trends.