Dear SWP Parents/Guardians,
We want to make sure you have accurate information regarding how SWP is handling concerns about the coronavirus and recent media coverage surrounding the respiratory illness. I want to assure you that SWP is keeping track of the situation through proven and trustworthy sources: San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are following guidance received from the Metro Health regarding appropriate screening and infection control. While these health officials believe the risk to our school community is low at this time, SWP is continuing to monitor the situation.
Based on the current information, health officials are recommending local communities and schools take the same steps to protect against coronavirus as we take to prevent the spread of everyday illnesses like the common cold or the flu:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands;
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
- Stay home when you are sick;
- Cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze; and
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and
This is important not just to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, but to help prevent the spread of other infections that can lead to student illness and absences. As such, SWP is taking the health officials recommendations one step further. To increase the effectiveness of fighting the coronavirus and other respiratory viruses, SWP is taking the following additional precautionary measures:
- Daily cleaning of classroom tables/surfaces;
- Daily disinfecting of all door knobs;
- Twice weekly “deep clean” of campuses with a disinfectant proven to kill coronavirus;
- Making antibacterial soap available in each classroom and around the campus; and
- Random fever checks;
Fever, as defined by the Texas Department of State Health Services, is a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Temperature is measured without the use of fever suppressing medications (examples included Tylenol, Acetaminophen, Motrin, Advil, Ibuprofen). Students with fever, as defined above, will not be allowed to attend school. If a student has a fever while already at school, the child will be removed from the classroom, and the parent will be notified to pick the student up immediately. The criteria to return to school is that the student must be fever free for 24 hours, without the use of fever suppressing medications.
For updated information on the coronavirus, please visit: https://www.sanantonio.gov/Health/News/Alerts/CoronaVirus
DSHS has established an email for specific coronavirus questions at email@example.com.
We are aware of the recent allusions to the possibility of school closures if the disease progresses significantly. While we do not anticipate the closure of schools, we will have a plan in place to notify parents and the community in the unlikely event this happens.
Thank you for your support.