Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated Information on COVID-19
COVID-19

Email communications email out:
3-13-2020 - English
3-13-2020 - Spanish

March 12, 2020


Dear Parents and Patrons,
Due to the presence of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) within our state, the Prosser School District will be canceling many of its future travel and events. Because COVID-19 is easily spread from person to person, we believe it would not be prudent to place our students and staff members in an environment where possible exposure could occur. The cancelation of these events will mainly apply to out-of-district travel and large-scale events that are both inside and outside of our district. 
Prosser School District will continue to work with public health authorities to monitor the spread of COVID-19, minimize the exposure of our staff and students, and develop plans for Prosser School District and the community of Prosser.
As we endeavor to provide informative communication to our stakeholders, we invite you to review our district calendar for updated information on events or travel. If you have any questions, please contact me at matt.ellis@prosserschools.org or 509-786-3323. 
Sincerely,
Matt Ellis
Superintendent

March 9, 2020

Dear Parents and Patrons: 
Over the past few days, the state of Washington has witnessed the effects of the Coronavirus outbreak. As you are aware, Governor Inslee has issued an emergency proclamation, there have been nine confirmed deaths in our state, and a case was recently reported within our region. I want to reassure you that we are carefully monitoring this situation and that we are working closely with local, state, and national health agencies to prevent any transition of the virus. 
We want to remind parents and staff of the importance of prevention and how to stay safe. The Department of Health has advised school districts to take the same preventative measures it normally would to prevent the spread of viruses during the regular cold and flu season. Common preventative measures recommended for students and staff include:
Stay home if you are sick and/or running a fever.
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after you blow your nose. If hands are visibly dirty, use soap and water to clean hands.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and clean hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not readily available).
It is always difficult to predict the transmission and spread of viruses. In spite of the unpredictability, it is our goal to provide our parents with all the information necessary to make informed decisions. Currently, Prosser School District’s custodial and maintenance department are bolstering their efforts to disinfect and sanitize surfaces within our schools. To ensure the health and safety of our staff and students, all solutions will be considered, including school closure. With that understanding, if you believe the risk of the virus is too great, we want you to know that it is your right as a parent to keep your child home with you.  
For more information, please consider the following resources:
www.cdc.gov www.doh.wa.gov
As always, if you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me at (509) 786-3323 or matt.ellis@prosserschools.org.
Sincerely,
Matthew Ellis

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