Spring Break is upon us, and our scholars and educators are looking forward to the well-deserved break. However, please remember to be mindful of COVID-19 health and safety protocols and do your research on travel restrictions related to COVID-19, especially related to travel outside of the United States. You can find the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) list of travel recommendations based on COVID-19 risk in destinations around the world.
Currently, the CDC recommends that you do not travel at this time, and you delay travel and stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19.
We know that many of our families may still have plans for personal travel over Spring Break. With the well-being of our entire community foremost in our mind, IDEA asks that you do the following if you are traveling internationally in coming weeks:
- Consult the CDC’s latest travel advisories and country-specific risk classification levels prior to travel.
- Consult the CDC again for updated information and regulations upon your return, as the situation is rapidly evolving.
- Inform your school administration if travel plans include one of the countries classified by the CDC as Level 2 or Level 3.
We respectfully request that families carefully consider travel plans, the possibility of travel interruptions and/or quarantine, and the potential impacts of these on you, your family and others in your community.
Even if you aren’t traveling but instead looking forward to a ‘staycation,’ remember to continue regular handwashing and health precautions. Since person-to-person spread is still viewed as the primary source of infection, we wanted to share some tips to keeping yourself and others healthy while our Team & Family is on break.
1. Wash your hands well. 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. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Pro-Tip: Swap in elbow bumps for handshakes.
4. Stay home when you are sick. Monitor your health and symptoms of illness.
5. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Pro-Tip: Some kids are bringing back the Dab (or Destroy All Bacteria) to cover their coughs and sneezes.
6. Get your flu shot or COVID-19 vaccine (if available). While the flu shot does not protect against the coronavirus, getting the flu will weaken your immunity causing an increased vulnerability to the coronavirus.
7. 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.
8. Get rest! Getting enough sleep helps keep your immune system up and better prepared to fight off germs.
9. Wear a mask or face covering completely over your nose and mouth in public areas. Although Texas mandates for mask-wearing may have changed, health experts are still recommending continued use. The CDC recommends you wear a mask helps protect you and others around you. Wearing a mask has been proven to help mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19.
Pro-Tip: Do not choose masks that are made of fabric that makes it hard to breathe, for example, vinyl. See the Guide to Masks.
10. Practice social distancing. Even when wearing a mask, stay six feet away from those who are not in your household. Staying at least 6 feet away from others can reduce your risk of exposure.
11. Seek medical care, stay home and monitor symptoms in you are in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. If you are sick, please see these recommendations from the CDC on caring for yourself or for others. Get tested if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
We hope that each of your stay safe and have a fun Spring Break! Please remember to continuously monitor the health of your family upon return from the break. Stay home and engage in virtual learning if your child is feeling sick or experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19. Stay safe, Team & Family!