HOW IS COVID-19 SPREAD?
COVID-19 appears to be spread primarily through droplets from the throat and nose. This means that people with COVID-19 can spread it to others when they cough, sneeze, or even talk if someone else near them breathes in those droplets. The droplets may also be on objects or surfaces, so if an individual comes into contact with those objects and touches their mouth or eyes, the virus can spread.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?
WHEN SHOULD I SEEK MEDICAL ADVICE?
- When you develop the symptoms listed above.
- If you have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
WHAT ARE THE BEST PREVENTION STRATEGIES?
- Stay home when you are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue and wash your hands
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60 percent alcohol
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Disinfect frequently-touched surfaces often
- Currently, it is not a recommendation from the CDC or Department of Health to wear a mask
WHERE CAN I GET UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON COVID-19?
Please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's site at:
WHERE CAN I GET LOCAL HEALTH INFORMATION ON COVID-19?
Please visit the Waukesha County Public Health Department's site at:
Please visit the Wisconsin Department Of Health Services site at:
HOW IS KMSD PREPARING?
- KMSD Nurses and Health Room Assistants review illness logs and symptom trends from each school and evaluate attendance reports daily.
- KMSD buildings and grounds staff and custodial teams work daily to maintain our schools to their highest standard. They are stocked and prepared for an increase in illnesses.
- KMSD maintains an ongoing dialogue with the Waukesha County Health Department for coordination of preparedness plans so the dstrict response is aligned with local and state recommendations.
- All district staff play a role in communicating about daily observations made in school buildings related to signs of illness and prevention efforts.
HOW CAN I TALK TO MY CHILD/CHILDREN ABOUT COVID-19?
Concern over this new virus can make children and families anxious. While we don’t know where and to what extent the disease may spread in the United States, we do know it is contagious, the severity of illness can vary from individual to individual, and there are steps we can all take to prevent the spread of infection. Acknowledging some level of concern, without panicking, is appropriate and can result in taking actions that reduce the risk of illness. CLICK HERE FOR HELPFUL GUIDELINES provided by the National Association of School Psychologist and the National Association of School Nurses.
Also consider visiting the following sites for tips on talking to children about COVID-19:
WHAT AREAS OF THE WORLD ARE MOST IMPACTED?
Click here to view an interactive map provided by Johns Hopkins C SSE