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March 9, 2020
Coronavirus Letter to Parents (3/9/2020)

Dear Families,

Wayne-Westland Community Schools is monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus). It is important to note there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Michigan, but residents are still being urged by the Governor’s office to take all necessary precautions to prepare and keep themselves and their families safe.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following precautionary measures to reduce risk:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

For more information, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has published this Fact Sheet to explain what the virus is, how it is spread, who is at risk and how to protect yourself from the virus.

Wayne-Westland Community Schools follows guidance from the Wayne County Health Division, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Be assured that our schools have intensified cleaning practices throughout our buildings and will follow all directions provided by public health officials to deal with the virus. According to public health officials, COVID-19 spreads in a very similar way like influenza and the common cold. Any potential school closing due to illness will be under the direction of public health officials.

The safety, health and well-being of our students, staff and school community is our priority. We will continue monitoring the development of COVID-19 and plan accordingly in partnership with local, state and federal health and government officials.

Again, there are no confirmed cases in Wayne County or Michigan, but we do hope this letter can provide the community information to help keep our children and community healthy in the coming weeks and months. If your child is sick with any illness that keeps them out of school, please contact the office of your child’s school to report the absence.

If you have any additional questions, please contact the Wayne County Health Department at (734) 727-7000.

Sincerely,

Jill Simmons
Interim Superintendent

 

What is the Coronavirus (COVID19)

Coronaviruses (plural) are a family of viruses impacting various species of animals.  The specific coronavirus currently making headlines is known as “SARS-CoV-2” and causes a disease that has been abbreviated as “COVID-19.”  The virus is spread by air (e.g., coughing and sneezing) and by physical contact (e.g., shaking hands, touching an object contaminated by the virus).

COVID-19 has caused a range of problems, from mild symptoms to severe respiratory illness and death.  Symptoms may appear 2‑14 days after exposure and include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath.

CDC Tips for Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following precautionary measures to reduce risk:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
     

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


 

 

World Health Organization (WHO) Coronavirus Video

 

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) YouTube #COVID19 Playlist

CDC YouTube Channel

External LinkCDC #COVID19 YouTube Playlist

 

 

Curriculum Resources

Continuity of Learning

External Linklearninghub.wwcsd.net
PDF DocumentContinuity of Learning Plan

The link above is to the WWCS learning hub for our continuity of learning program. Use this link to find all of our recommended continued learning opportunities for your student(s).

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Preschool

External LinkPreschool Packets

Elementary - Updated 5/19

External LinkElementary K-6 Packets

Coronavirus Educational Resources & Links

Additional resources as provided by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Preventions:

External LinkHow it spreads
External LinkSymptoms
External LinkTesting
External LinkProtect yourself
External LinkFAQs

 

Keep Calm and Wash Your Hands - CDC