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2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Planning & Prevention

corona virus image courtesy the CDCWapato Public Schools wants to share with students, staff, and families its preparedness and prevention information regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

As we are sure you are aware, the Yakima Health District confirms there are a growing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the region and sadly some deaths. State and local health officials want to remind everyone that the status of the COVID-19 outbreak happening in our region and state is changing rapidly.  They encourage us all to educate ourselves about the virus and to stay informed about its spread.  They also stress that residents comply with the Governor's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order that backed up the Yakima Health District's stay home order issued on Sunday, March 22nd.     

When it comes to preventing the spread of COVID-19 Wapato Public Schools is following the advice of the Washington State Department of Health and the Yakima Health District. They recommend that schools and school districts take the same preventative measures we normally would to prevent the spread of viruses during the regular cold and flu season. Common preventative measures recommended for students, staff and patrons include:

  • Stay home when 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).
  • Prepare a plan for your family for possible extended illness
  • If you’re older than 60, pregnant, or have any underlying health conditions, consider staying home from large events

Since the District's COVID-19 school closure started on March 16th the custodial and maintenance staff have cleaned and sanitized all school buildings.  They are also maintaining a daily sanitation program with a focus on those areas that have to be accessed by essential staff.  That daily regiment of sanitation also includes the disinfecting of commonly used hard surfaces like doorknobs, handrails, drinking fountains and more.  The enhanced disinfecting and sanitizing efforts also include the District's fleet of buses.  The District has also made hand sanitizer more readily available to essential staff that have been physically reporting to work.  The District has instructed all staff to be extremely vigilant in practicing extreme social-distancing measures.  Everyone is asked to maintain at least 6-feet of separation from other individuals.   

More information about COVID-19 can be accessed at the "Links" tab seen to the right of this page (if using a computer), from the menu below (if using a mobile device) or by calling the Washington State Department of Health at 1-800-525-0127 and press #, the Yakima Health District at 509-575-4040, or by dialing 211.