As both the holidays and cooler weather approach, we want to make sure our Team & Family are taking every precaution to stay healthy. We’re sharing some guidance for keeping yourself, your family and others healthy and safe throughout the holiday season and beyond.
1. Wash your hands thoroughly. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Pro-Tip: Find a fun tune to hum that will make the 20 seconds fly by.
2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
3. Wear a mask or face covering over your nose and mouth when entering public areas.
4. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Be sure to maintain 6 feet of distance from others when in public areas.
5. Stay home when you are sick.
Ensuring the safety of our Team & Family starts at home. Pre-screening your student for symptoms before coming to campus daily can help keep our campus community safe. Keep your student home and notify your school if someone in your household tested positive for COVID-19 or if your child is experiencing any symptoms of illness.
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
6. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, even when wearing a mask, then throw the tissue in the trash right away. Remember to sanitize or wash your hands afterward.
Pro-Tip: Some kids are bringing back the Dab (or Destroy All Bacteria) to cover their coughs and sneezes.
7. Get your flu shot and COVID-19 vaccine.
While the flu shot does not protect against the coronavirus, getting the flu will weaken your immunity causing an increased vulnerability to the coronavirus.
The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, previously approved for children 12+, has now been approved for use by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for children ages 5+. You can find upcoming vaccination opportunities in your region at ideapublicschools.org/back2school2021/health-and-safety-information!
*Note: IDEA is not requiring COVID-19 vaccination for students.
8. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Pro-Tip: You can find a list of 100 disinfectants that are effective against coronavirus.
9. Get rest! Getting enough sleep helps keep your immune system up and better prepared to fight off germs.
10. Get tested if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19or if you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
How do you know if you should get tested? Check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendation for who should test including:
- People who have symptoms of COVID-19
- People who have had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with someone with confirmed COVID-19
- People who have been asked or referred to get testing by their healthcare provider, or health department
To find testing available in your area, please visit the link for your state below.
You can also visit your state or local health department’s website to look for the latest local information on testing.
Together, we can keep our campuses and communities healthy and safe this season. You can learn more about COVID-19 and additional recommendations by visiting the CDC website.