Health & Safety Update Center
Latest Update March 12, 2020
As more cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continue to be reported, health officials in Colorado and Boulder County are closely monitoring the global outbreak and making preparations.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), and Boulder County Public Health are working closely with health care providers to share information.
If a major outbreak were to occur, SVCMS would follow the health department and/or district’s lead on any quarantines, closures, or other health measures needed.
What is coronavirus?
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.
Some coronaviruses are common and regularly cause illness in the U.S. each fall and winter.
Other coronaviruses like MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV have caused outbreaks internationally and have been known to cause severe illness. A vaccine for COVID-19 is not currently available.
Based on current information, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 to the general American public is considered low at this time.
What can my family do to stay healthy?
The risk to the general public in the U.S. from this virus is currently considered low, but just as is recommended for other respiratory viruses, people can protect themselves and others by practicing everyday actions:
Clean hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
Stay home if you are sick.
As always, we encourage students who feel ill to stay home, especially if they are experiencing the symptoms listed in the llness Section of the Parent Handbook (page 19). Students who are experiencing symptoms such as a fever, cough, or shortness of breath and have visited Wuhan or had close contact with someone who is suspected to be infected with the novel coronavirus in the past 14 days should seek immediate medical attention.
SVCMS will continue to remain in close consultation with our partners in public health.
CDPHE - How Sick is Too Sick? (When Children Should Stay Home from School)