It is essential for the school community to work together to mitigate the spread of any disease, especially COVID-19. The Norwin School District maintains consistent protocols in all schools with regard to the care and mitigation of communicable or infectious diseases. It is difficult, if not impossible, to determine if a student, staff member, parent, or essential visitor in schools is infected with COVID-19 and could be infectious to others.
To help us all navigate these uncertain times, the links in this section provide additional guidance about District Communications, Reporting a Confirmed or Suspected Case of COVID-19, and general Questions and Answers about COVID-19.
What is Coronavirus?
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a type of virus that causes diseases of varying severities, ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory disease. Please see the attached fact sheets on this page from the Centers for Disease Control for more information.
How is it spread?
- Through coughing and sneezing
- Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands
- Because Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is new, we are learning more each day about the transmission patterns and incubation periods.
What are the symptoms?
- Difficulty Breathing
- Severe Illness
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Help your young students to wash their hands well
- Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick.
- Stay home from work or school when you are sick. The CDC recommends that individuals remain home for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever or signs of a fever (i.e., chills, feeling warm, flushed appearance). Individuals should be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever medicines before resuming regular activities or attending work/school. We must each monitor ourselves in order to protect those around us from illness.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately discard the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Take any anti-viral medication prescribed to you as instructed.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus: Kids worry more when they're kept in the dark
Child Mind Institute
National Association of School Psychologists
and Early Childhood Providers