Dear Family and Guardians of our Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau Students,
Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year! The education, health and safety of our students and staff are our highest priority and we can’t wait to get this school year started! Stay safe, stay healthy, Fall Semester 2020, we will be ready for you!
We want to assure you that we are working closely with the Trempealeau County Health Department to monitor COVID-19. We look forward to our ongoing partnership with you as we work together to make education possible for all students.
We want to provide you with some information on COVID-19 and share the steps we are taking to keep your student safe and healthy while at school. Please watch our website for frequent updates. Watch the compass.
How is COVID-19 spread?
The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be spread from person-to-person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby, or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
The steps our HOME/SCHOOL Partnership will need to take to reduce the risk of COVID-19:
- Staff will self-screen for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 daily. Stay home if ill.
- HOME/Parents/Guardians will screen students for COVID-19 daily. Stay home if ill.
- Decrease the amount of movement that students engage, school and playgrounds.
- Maintain social/physical distancing.
- School staff will wear face coverings.
- Students will wear face coverings. Help your child by practicing/wearing a face covering long before the first day of school. It takes time and patience to master this task.
- Talk with your health provider, if there are health risks that would limit face-to-face education.
- Clean and disinfect according to CDC guidelines.
- Locker use will be reduced, physical distancing.
- Eliminate shared supplies and have students use individual classroom supplies.
- Cohort students.
- Have specials teachers rotate to individual classrooms.
- Follow our “Good Health Habits”.
- Keep all vaccinations up-to-date, to maintain herd immunity for all vaccine preventable diseases.
- Students that become ill at school, need to be picked-up within 15-30 minutes. Ill students will be placed in isolation until picked up. The school will not be equipped to monitor students longer. Ill staff should leave school immediately.
We need your help, too!
Here is what you can do at home to help keep your student and yourself healthy.
- Help them wash their hands often.
- Help them avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your own home.
- Help them to eat a balanced diet.
- Help them to get plenty of rest.
- Remind them to stay 6 feet apart from other people.
- Cover mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when they are around others. How to choose a face covering
- Teach your students to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
Keep your student home if ill.
It is important for you to keep your student home when they are not feeling well. If you have any questions on whether your student should come to school, the best decision would be to keep them home and contact your healthcare provider to discuss your concerns. We especially want you to keep your student home from school if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms or if they have been in contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 or if your student has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
When should I keep my child home from school?
- Chills or shivering
- Muscle pain
- Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
- New loss of taste or smell
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Sore throat
- Temperature of 100.4oF or above
- If your child has had close contact with someone who has COVID-19
- If your child was diagnosed with COVID-19
If you have questions or concerns please feel free to contact the District School Nurse.
Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau School District Nurse
August 3, 2020