As you are no doubt very aware, the impact of COVID-19 on the country and Washington state continues to develop on a near hourly basis. We wanted to reach out to share what our Emergency Response Team is doing to monitor and prepare for a potential increase in frequency of the COVID-19 in King County. I am writing today to bring you up to date on our current community status as well as the plans and procedures we are putting into place in our classrooms.
We also know that some of you may be wondering about school closures in our area, and our plans related to this. At this time, we are planning on starting school as usual on Monday morning.
As the Head of School, I take my duty seriously to communicate immediately any and all relevant information as the situation continues to develop. Each of the following sections will illustrate what we are currently doing to be proactive in preventing the virus’ spread, our advice for how to help assist us in these preventions, and our plans for possible developments. I also encourage everyone to remember that feelings of anxiety in situations like this are normal; on the same token, it is important that we all aim to strike a balance between vigilance and calm, measured response.
It’s also important for our community to remember that the risk of COVID-19 is not at all connected with race, ethnicity or nationality. Viruses do not discriminate, and neither should we. It’s important that we share vital information but limit the spread of fear and hysteria based on gossip and rumors.
Finally, we have included resources we have used to make decisions so far. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we attempt to guide our community with the most up to date information, and please reach out to me with any questions you have related to this message.
Our Current Response at MCH
Currently, we are not aware of any known members of our community with symptoms or diagnoses related to the COVID-19. The MCH Emergency Response Team has already begun implementing proactive procedures, which are an elevated version of what we put into place during influenza season. This means:
MCH Protocol Concerning Signs of Illness
We recognize that our community is strong because we all work together. The following directions take this into mind, and we are grateful for your support and understanding in this time of stress. All the criteria are based on recommendations from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH-WA), World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
In the Event of an MCH School Closure
How Families Can Be Prepared Off-Campus
Local, State, Federal and International Resources
The following list of resources are the sources provided in the vast majority of news articles, and we recommend checking these pages out first. The pages listed should be updated regularly with the most up-to-date information.