|March 12, 2020 - COVID-19 MN Department of Health Recommendations|
March 12, 2020
Dear Parents and Families,
We understand families, students, and staff may have questions and concerns about the coronavirus – called COVID-19. We want our staff and families to know that we are in communication with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) on the situation.
Milaca Public Schools will be following the guidelines from the MN Department of Health who works closely with the MN Department of Education. Should the recommendation for schools closing be implemented, our schools will initiate our normal school closure procedure and our blended learning plan. We will continue to update our plans and provide you with more information as it becomes available.
We know the virus is spread from person-to-person and there is now transmission within the United States. The best way to prevent the spread of the disease is through good hygiene – frequently washing your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face, avoid close contact with those who are sick, covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue then throwing the tissue away, staying home when sick, frequently cleaning commonly touched surfaces (e.g. door handles, light switches, countertops, etc). Call your doctor if you feel you are developing symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
MDH has provided the following information and recommendations:
We are monitoring the situation closely with the guidance of MDH and MDE and will update families and staff as new information becomes available. If you have questions about infectious diseases, call the MN Department of Health at 651-201-5414. For the latest COVID-19 information, visit the MN Department of Health website at https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
Superintendent of Schools