New Virus Overview

New Virus Overview
Posted on 03/09/2020
New Virus OverviewGiven recent media coverage around the coronavirus, we want to assure you that Port Angeles School District is keeping track of this situation through proven and trustworthy sources: our local health department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  While health officials believe the risk to our school community is low, please know that Port Angeles School District is closely monitoring this matter.

We are currently following health officials recommended steps to protect against coronavirus in the same way we would prevent the spread of other respiratory illnesses like the flu. We encourage all staff and students to practice the simple and effective habits of frequent hand-washing, covering every cough or sneeze, and cleaning classroom tables/surfaces frequently.

While we do not anticipate closures of schools, we will have a plan in place to notify parents and the community in the unlikely event this happens.  A new type of illness can be scary, we can protect our students, staff, and the community by using simple everyday actions that protect people from other types of respiratory viruses. This is important not just to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, but to help prevent the spread of other infections that can lead to illness.

For more information, please visit https://doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus