Information About COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Dear 4J families,

We know that many in our community are following the news of the novel coronavirus called COVID-19. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that usually cause mild respiratory illnesses such as the common cold. COVID-19 is a new coronavirus illness that had not been seen in humans before.

You can review statewide tracking here. Based on current information, the Centers for Disease Control and our state and local public health departments consider that the risk to most Oregonians is low.

The Eugene School District is closely monitoring the situation, actively planning for the potential that COVID-19 could affect our schools, and taking extra steps to reduce the spread of germs in our schools, including extra cleaning and handwashing. We are in frequent contact with public health authorities and are following their informed guidance. We are also working with our staff to keep our schools clean and students healthy. We have encouraged any staff with respiratory illnesses to stay home.

We have no current plans to close any school. If public health officials recommend a temporary school closure, we will communicate directly to families including by email, phone and text messages. Please note that if a school closure became necessary, the district would not be able to provide supervision of students. Now is a good time to make plans for childcare, just in case!

What families can do: First and foremost, if your student is sick, please keep them home and notify your school. Public health officials recommend taking the following precautions to stay healthy and prevent the spread of many respiratory illnesses including coronavirus:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throw it in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If that’s not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Sanitize frequently touched objects and surfaces with a cleaning wipe or spray.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Take care of your health overall. Staying current on your vaccinations, including flu vaccine, eating well, and exercising all help your body stay resilient.
  • If you plan to travel outside of the U.S., consult CDC’s travel website for any travel advisories and steps to protect yourself.

There are also basic steps every household should take to prepare for any unexpected event:

  • Establish a childcare plan in the event your kids need to stay home from school.
  • Learn about your employer’s sick leave and telecommuting policies.
  • Make sure you have the foods, medications and pet supplies you would want if you needed to stay home and limit your contact with other people for a couple weeks.
  • Get to know your neighbors, especially those who might need extra help like seniors or people living alone.
  • In the face of rumors, check a reliable information source such as www.oregon.gov/oha.
  • Again, please keep your child home if they’re sick with fever and/or cold or flu symptoms. Students with acute respiratory illness should stay home from school until they are free of fever and other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines. Whether it is the flu, COVID-19, or even the common cold, we want to limit germ exposure as best we can.

Finally, the novel coronavirus started spreading in China, and there have been some reports about bullying and discrimination against Asians and Asian-Americans. We ask that you and your family be mindful that bullying of students based on race, color, national origin, or disability is unacceptable in our school district.

We will continue to provide updated information on the district website as the situation evolves: www.4j.lane.edu/coronavirus

Reliable information and ongoing updates from public health officials include:
Coronavirus Fact Sheet
Schools and Coronavirus FAQ
Oregon Health Authority
Centers for Disease Control

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