ESD 112 is closely monitoring the novel coronavirus situation and following guidance established by the Department of Health (DOH)and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in order to keep students, staff and our community safe.
ESD 112 is in close communication with local public health officials to remain informed about any changes or developments in this area. We are ensuring adequate soap, water and hand sanitizer (in the absence of soap and water), are available for staff use, and we are continuing routine cleaning procedures at our locations. Out of abundance of caution, we are creating contingency plans should the situation in this state dramatically change.
The Washington State DOH has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.
According to DOH, schools and workplaces do not need to take any special precautions beyond what is normally recommended to prevent the spread of viruses. The entire community can reduce the risk of getting and spreading viral respiratory infections, including the flu and the common cold, through these simple steps, which could also prevent COVID-19.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Wash hands with soap and water frequently and for at least 20 seconds. Help young children do the same. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and clean hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not readily available).
The Washington State DOH has created a Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 website with information and resources for the community and specifically schools/school districts. A fact sheet, workplace recommendations, and links to CDC resources and information are available on this site.