Spokane Public Schools develop contingency plan in case of coronavirus outbreak
SPOKANE, Wash. — As cases of COVID-19 have continued to rise, Spokane Public Schools said they’re meeting daily with essential personnel to ‘share information and discuss a contingency plan’ in case they’re ever affected.
In a recent update on their website, they’ve laid out a plan for what to do if symptoms of the coronavirus are spotted, how they’d go about closing schools, disinfecting buildings, and providing academic resources in the case of an extended absence.
If a staff member sees someone with coronavirus symptoms, they’re urged to send them to the nurses office to separate them from other students and staff.
The SPS Health Services Department would then notify Spokane Regional Health District and wait for further instruction.
If a case of the coronavirus is suspected at a school, SPS said they will work closely with the health district and follow their professional guidelines. And once a decision is made, they’ll immediately notify families about the affected school.
The school district custodial staff would also increase their focus on keeping soap, paper towels, hand sanitizer and other cleaning products well stocked. They’d also be required to prioritize cleaning high touch areas like doorknobs, faucets and handrails.
In the event that a school needs to be closed down, there’s even more work to be done. Custodial staff will thoroughly disinfect the entire building as well as school buses, and students who are quarantined wouldn’t need to stop their studies.
Teachers are prepared to supply instructional materials via Blackboard, Office 365 or email, or by regular US mail.
Secondary students have access to all their core studies and other courses through Blackboard while elementary students can use MobyMax.
The school district said parents need to help limit the spread of the disease by keeping sick children at home.
When you call the school to report your child’s absence, they ask you to be specific about the reason for it.
The Spokane Public Schools website also shares helpful resources from the CDC and the Washington Department of Health to keep parents informed.
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