March 4, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians:
As you know, there has been much discussion about the COVID-19 virus (coronavirus) in the news. As the virus continues to spread, we wanted you to be aware that the threat to the Faribault area and the Bethlehem Academy community remains low, particularly as there are no human cases confirmed in Minnesota.
We are, however, actively monitoring the situation in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Health and other state agencies. We are also receiving updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure that we have the latest information. Links to both agencies are provided above for further information.
The CDC and the State of Minnesota are preparing for the possibility of widespread transmission. We are likewise taking steps at the school level. As always, our students’ health and safety is a top priority. We are actively reinforcing basic good health practices with students and staff. We are ensuring that we have adequate supplies for handwashing and preventive cleaning. Our maintenance staff is taking extra steps to disinfect door handles, classrooms, and other high traffic areas within our building. We are also reviewing our online learning protocols should we need to close in the event of a local outbreak.
There are also steps you can take as a family. The Minnesota Dept of Health and others recommend the following to protect yourself:
- Get a seasonal flu shot, if you haven’t already
- Wash hands often with soap and water
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Make sure to cover coughs and sneezes, preferably with your elbow
- If you or your student is sick – stay home until fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication
While the immediate threat is small, now is a good time for all of us to review plans and prepare for any potential disruptions to our routines. Please contact me directly with any questions about our preparations for COVID-19.
Dr. Chuck Briscoe