March 12, 2020
Dear Canadian Public Schools Staff and Families,
Given recent health concerns, cancellations of major events, and the announcement that state universities are moving to online courses following their spring break, we wanted to provide you with an update around the coronavirus and school practices.
The safety and well-being of our students and staff members is our top priority. We are working with our area health departments, the Oklahoma State Department of Health, and other state organizations, as well as collaborating with school superintendents in our area to carefully monitor this situation. Currently, there are no plans in any area districts to close school due to the coronavirus or for any other reason.
We are working together as a team to help make the best decisions for our students. If local or state health organizations determine that there is a need to cancel school events, close school, or take other preventative actions, we will communicate as much information as possible in a timely manner.
We wanted to take this opportunity to let our staff and families know that we are taking this situation seriously, but also need to weigh the impact our decisions have not only on education, but also on our families. While our ultimate goal is to minimize disruption, please be aware that changes to our operations may need to be made with relatively short notice.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone take the following actions:
1. Practice and reinforce good prevention habits with your family
· Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
· Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
· Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
2. Keep your child at home if sick with any illness
If your child is sick, keep them at home and contact your healthcare provider. Talk with teachers about classroom assignments and activities they can do from home to keep up with their schoolwork.