Creating a Culture of Precaution
Coronavirus infections are transmitted in a manner similar to many respiratory illnesses and flu illnesses, through droplets in the air from a cough or sneeze. Increased awareness and practice of the following precautions, by both adults and students, is strongly advised.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after using the bathroom, before cooking, before eating, after blowing your nose, and after touching public surfaces. If this is not possible, then use a hand sanitizer gel like Purell.
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze by using a tissue that you immediately throw into a trashcan or by covering your face with your elbow (bent arm) if no tissue is available. Do not cough or sneeze into the open air or into your hands. And wash your hands immediately afterwards.
- In public places, put distance (about six feet if possible) between you and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- If you have not already done so, get a flu shot. The flu is an ongoing concern and currently is even more dangerous than coronavirus.
- Do not come to school if you are sick. Students, employees, and parents who are symptomatic of illness are encouraged to remain home until symptoms (including but not limited to coughing, sneezing, runny nose, fever) subside.
Increased Hygiene Measures
- Teachers and staff are reminding students to wash their hands frequently, especially before eating.
- We are more frequently cleaning surfaces such as doorknobs, handrails, and tabletops with disinfecting, alcohol-based cleansers. You will see more hand sanitizer stations around campus.
A note about masks: There are strong indicators from health care professionals that masks should only be worn if you are sick. Please do not wear a mask for the purpose of prevention.
At this time, our current policy remains in place—a student will be sent home for a fever and is required to stay at home until fever-free for 24 hours without medication. Each individual case of illness will be evaluated to ensure the safety and health of students, faculty, and staff.
- If a child or staff member is identified to have traveled to an area experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19 AND has symptoms of respiratory illness (such as fever and cough), that person will be sent home and the school will immediately contact the SF Department of Public Health.
- To read more about our policies regarding students who are ill, please see the section of the Family Handbook on Student Health, which begins on page 56.
• Resources about COVID-19 from the CDC
• Rolling updates from the World Health Organization
• A list of countries where community spread of COVID-19 is occurring can be found on the CDC web page: Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel
• FAQ Document, courtesy of our consulting group, Joffe Emergency Services