Coronavirus

Bennett School District 29J holds the well-being, health, and safety of students and staff as a top priority. With this in mind, we are writing to update you on an evolving health issue involving the coronavirus.

We are working closely with Tri County Department of Public Health and carefully taking the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Read on for more information about the coronavirus and what you and your children can do to protect yourselves and others from the spread of all types of viruses. Continue to check this page regularly for updates related to the School District.

Updated March 11, 2020

What Families Need to Know

How is coronavirus spread?

Coughing and Sneezing

Touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes

Close contact with people

 

What are the symptoms?

Fever

Cough

Shortness of breath

How can I help protect myself?

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects

Avoid putting fingers in your mouth, ears, or eyes

Wash your hands regularly with soap and water

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze – and wash your hands afterward

If you are sick, stay home until your fever is gone for 24 hours

FAQ’s

What is coronavirus exactly?
It is a new, previously unidentified virus, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Similar coronaviruses cause symptoms of a common cold or upper respiratory illness.

How does it spread?
The exact method of contagion is not known at this time. It is known that it is spread from person to person from individuals experiencing fever and cough. Frequent hand washing is encouraged to limit exposure to this as well as the flu virus.

Should I send my child to school?
At this time, there are no restrictions for school or work. However, just like the flu or common cold, if your child is exhibiting symptoms of fever or cough, they should remain home until they are fever and cough free for twenty four hours without medication.

Have there been any reported cases of coronavirus in Colorado? Any reported cases in schools?
At this time, there have been confirmed cases in Colorado. The Bennett School District does not have any confirmed cases. The CDC is providing updated information about cases in the United States.

Should my child wear a mask?
According to health professionals and the CDC, at this time it is not necessary to invest in surgical face masks and exam gloves. These items provide an illusion of safety when actually, without proper training, proper hand-washing and other preventive steps, the benefits are minimal.

Can we still travel, for example over spring break?
For the latest updates and advice on travel please refer to the CDC’s page.

Will we be notified if someone at school contracts coronavirus?
Families and communities will be notified in accordance with Tri County Department of Health and the CDC if a confirmed case of the new coronavirus is identified in our city or schools.

The safety of our students and our staff is our first priority as we continue to closely monitor the new Coronavirus, COVID-19. We are following the guidance of our local, state, national, and global health officials as we implement a contingency plan and discuss our next course of action.

While no decision has been made, we are considering the possibility of going to virtual instruction in the event of a lengthy school closure. Information that includes students’ passwords for gmail and online Math and English Language Arts curriculum is being sent home. Information on utilizing a Google Classroom Format and Zoom Video Sessions will be available on the website within the next few days. You may have received a message from your school asking if you have Internet Access at home and a device such as a computer or tablet. Please respond as this will help us get a count on how many hot spots and devices will be needed.

While there are no school campus-associated cases of COVID-19, employees and students are advised to avoid non-essential domestic travel as well as all international travel.

Our District Website has a page that has informative information on it in regards to the COVID-19 Virus. If your student is experiencing respiratory symptoms, please keep them home. Students who are sick will receive an excused absence.

We continue to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and will provide updates to the Bennett School District Community as the situation develops further.