District Actions Against COVID-19
With the first case of COVID-19 identified in our state, we feel it is important to reaffirm the actions our district has taken in the prevention of the spread of COVID-19.
West Fargo Public Schools will be following all guidance provided by the North Dakota Department of Health and Fargo Cass Public Health relative to COVID-19. Over the last nine school days, we have been engaged in more than a dozen conversations with public health officials regarding COVID-19.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Yesterday, we announced the cancellation of all out-of-state trips scheduled for our students in March 2020 (does not yet apply to co-curricular events or events occurring in the region). We will continue monitoring conditions in order to make decisions for out-of-state trips scheduled for April and May and co-curricular activities.
While several colleges and universities in our area have announced closures, cancelling classes at the K-12 level is not yet a recommendation from the North Dakota Department of Health. Higher education institutions serve a student population that is, or will be, leaving campus for spring break, significantly multiplying the odds of COVID-19 being brought back to campus. Further, those institutions are able to provide continued education to students through online learning platforms. At this time, mass online learning is not allowable under state law, nor is it an option universally accessible at the K-12 level.
If parents wish to keep their children at home due to concerns about COVID-19, they may do so. We will continue to monitor and follow our current attendance policy. If your student has underlying health conditions, please review guidance from the CDC or visit with your medical provider about their participation in school.
The West Fargo Public Schools custodial staff is cleaning and disinfecting all school spaces daily and conducting specialized electro-static disinfecting at each building on a rotational basis. Our Human Resources Department and each school is encouraging those that are sick or that have sick family members to stay home.
PREVENT THE SPREAD
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes it. Preventing the spread of the virus through everyday practices is the best way to keep people healthy. Those practices include:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home while sick and avoid close contact with others.
- Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash hands.
This situation is constantly evolving, which is why our collaboration with the North Dakota Department of Health is imperative. As decisions are made and guidance is shared, we will adjust our operations and communicate to all district stakeholders.