Coronavirus Impact Regarding WDMCS Spring Break
APRIL 17 UPDATE: Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced that Iowa schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.
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As we near Spring Break scheduled from March 13-22, West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) continues to follow the global outbreak of COVID-19, a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus. Many staff and families may have planned trips out of state or even out of the country, which could impact the spread of the virus.
As of March 10, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) identified five countries around the world as being a high risk for the spread of Coronavirus: China, Iran, Italy, Japan and South Korea.
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommends that anyone who visits those countries voluntarily self-isolate for 14 days upon their return.
Families who plan to travel to any of these areas should notify their school to make arrangements for the student’s reentry to school. In addition, families who visit any destination the CDC has identified as high risk for Coronavirus should follow its public health recommendations.
There are currently no other travel advisories or restrictions pertaining to Coronavirus, either internationally or within the United States. However, at this time, Coronavirus cases have been confirmed in nearly 100 countries and 35 states, including Iowa. Before traveling, be sure to stay informed.
The IDPH, CDC, and Polk County Health (PCPH) provide timely resources to school districts. This information is critical to prepare and respond as needed. Where you get your information about this virus is important. Look for information from reliable and trusted experts. Social media posts often report partial or inaccurate information.
For the latest WDMCS information, please visit https://discover.wdmcs.org/coronavirus.
What YOU Can Do to Help
Whether or not you plan to travel over Spring Break, families and community members can help by following these simple, easy steps that help prevent the spread of ALL contagious viruses, including COVID-19. Practice the same routine hygiene used to help prevent the cold and flu.
While there are many legitimate concerns about Coronavirus, being well informed and taking some preventive steps can keep everyone healthy and safe.