Dear Goodwater Montessori Families,
I want to share with you measures taken at Goodwater Montessori School to prevent the spread of illness on our campus, especially in light of the developing COVID-19 coronavirus situation. Given how quickly the global situation is evolving, it is important to stay informed of new developments and our school staff will be monitoring this on a daily basis.
The Texas Department of State Health Services is not currently recommending any course of action, other than staying informed. The current understanding is that COVID-19 is a respiratory disease with symptoms of fever and cough, spread by contact and respiratory droplets. Efforts to limit the spread of the illness are primarily focused on limiting exposure. Goodwater will follow any such directives that are issued in our area.
We are prepared to alter our procedures and planning should the situation change, including (although unlikely) school closures. We will follow the Texas Department of State Health Services recommendations as well as those issued by any other governing body.
We emphasize healthy practices at school to prevent the spread of communicable illness. As you are aware, a child with a communicable illness must stay home until fever-free and symptom-free, or for a specific period of time, which is twenty-four (24) hours.
Our staff teaches children the importance of safe hygiene practices, like hand washing and covering coughs. Here are some specific practices we follow that are known to help prevent the spread of communicable disease:
- Wash hands often with soap and water, especially after using the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Soap and water should be used every time.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth
- Cover your cough or sneeze. Tissues used should be discarded immediately.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects regularly.
- Students and staff who are ill are asked to stay home until they are fever-free and symptom-free.
The best thing we all can do right now is to be diligent about our hand washing, personal hygiene, and staying home whenever we are sick. This is best practice for the cold and flu season generally, as well as best practice for the current COVID-19 coronavirus situation. Please continue to stay diligent, as will our school staff. If further information or developments emerge, we will communicate with you on this matter.
Dr. Bruce Tabor