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Letter from the Superintendent
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Letter from the Superintendent with Food Service and Home Study Resources
Burlington-Edison School District Food Service will be providing Breakfast and Lunch during the school closure duration.
Competiciones Atléticas Canceladas
Below are answers to some of our frequently asked questions:
Under what circumstances would your district close a school’s doors because of COVID-19?
Districts will remain open unless otherwise advised by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and/or the Skagit County Health Department. It is important to provide continued instruction and, for some students, meals, unless an infection prevents us from doing so. Most students are healthy and are not at risk for complications from COVID-19. Medically vulnerable and people older than 60 are most at risk from COVID-19.
We understand that each family situation is different and some may have vulnerable family members they want to protect from possible exposure. Your family is the ultimate decision maker about what steps to take to keep your family safe.
Are districts imposing any travel restrictions?
Districts are following the Skagit Health Department's suggestions in mitigating the possible spread of coronavirus. Districts are currently evaluating planned events, field trips and sporting events to determine how to proceed on a weekly basis. If an event is cancelled, your student’s teacher, club advisor or coach will communicate that decision via their regular method.
Are districts restricting facility use by outside groups?
Districts may restrict or cancel events that would bring in a large number of people from together. The district will notify the organizers of these events on a case-by-case basis. We also may need to temporarily increase our fees for cleaning/sanitization as we are needing to do a deeper cleaning after most events. These decisions are ongoing and will be made on a weekly and sometimes daily basis.
Will sports be cancelled?
Some districts have already announced game postponements or cancellations as a way of containing the spread of COVID-19. Districts are evaluating the Skagit Health Department's suggestions in mitigating the possible spread of coronavirus. Districts are currently evaluating sporting events to determine how to proceed on a weekly basis. If sports are cancelled, your student’s coach will communicate that decision via their regular communication method.
Districts would like to encourage families to remind their student athletes about good hygiene practices. They should be encouraged to regularly wash their hands for 20 seconds. They can also bring hand sanitizer to practices. Please send water bottles with your student athlete — do NOT share water bottles. We also are encouraging athletes to avoid high fives, handshakes, etc., to limit the spread of any illness. Please encourage student athletes to stay home if they have a fever, cough or shortness of breath.
Families in attendance should practice social distancing (standing 6 ft from one another), good hand-washing etiquette, and stay home if they are sick. And, of course, following the CDC recommendations that those older than 60 take extra precautions by avoiding crowds.
What protocols are in place for students or staff who travel internationally?
Any student or staff member traveling to a high-risk country will be asked to self-impose a 14-day quarantine prior to returning to school. The CDC has additional information here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html.
How will Skagit County school districts communicate updates?
Families will continue to receive emails with information from their specific districts. Some districts will also communicate via their social media pages. The health and safety of our community is a shared responsibility and one that we take seriously. Plan for childcare at home if your child gets sick or school is closed. If you have children with asthma or other medical conditions that put them at higher risk for an infection, talk to your health care provider now about a plan to protect them.
How can families help?
If your student is sick (fever over 100° F, cough, shortness of breath, vomiting, diarrhea), please keep them home until they have been symptom free for 72 hours. Call your doctor if you are concerned about your student’s symptoms.
Families who are keeping students home sick from school should call their student’s school attendance offices to excuse the absence.
Normal school procedures apply for students to make up school work from absences. See student handbooks for more information.
Alcohol-based (over 60% alcohol) hand sanitizer may be sent to school with students.
Do not attend extracurricular events when sick.
What should I do if my child is medically vulnerable?
Please consult your provider about your child’s specific medical concerns. As with any flu season, also keep a watch on community and school communications to monitor disease progression in the population. Districts will do our best to keep our schools clean, and encourage good infection prevention behaviors: frequent handwashing, refrain from touching the face, cover coughs and sneezes, disinfect frequently touched surfaces.