The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a statement advising communities to prepare for a domestic outbreak of COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus. PSD is working closely with local, state and national health officials to monitor the coronavirus health issue and will provide additional communication as it becomes available.
PSD developing coronavirus response plan
Building on best practices and official health recommendations, PSD is in the process of developing a coronavirus-response plan. This work is done collaboratively with district staff representing health, facilities, safety/security, and more. Additionally, PSD has a robust crisis management plan and team that would be activated in case of any emergency situation. PSD will continue its long-standing practices of disinfecting high-touch surfaces and other areas within PSD schools and facilities.
During an outbreak, PSD would follow the Larimer County Health Department’s lead on any quarantines, closures, or other health measures needed. PSD's focus is ensuring the safety of students and staff, and how education can continue if any of those situations were to arise. Information about PSD’s closure procedures is on the PSD School Closures web page.
Larimer County Health Department coronavirus information
(More information is available on the Larimer County Health Department website.)
The following coronavirus information is from the health department:
The risk to most people in Larimer County and Colorado is low at this time, according to the health department. People who are at greatest risk for getting the virus are:
- People who have traveled to China recently
- Close contacts of people who have been diagnosed with coronavirus
At this time of year, there are many causes of respiratory illnesses, including the common cold and influenza. Symptoms of coronavirus infection include fever, cough and/or shortness of breath. Symptoms usually appear within two to 14 days after being exposed to the virus.
Prevention measures you can do
Parents and guardians can help prevent illness by continuing with the same critical practices – for themselves and with their children – as one would during flu season.
- Wash hands often with soap and water
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects
- Keep kids home if they are sick. Please notify your school if your child is sick and needs to stay home. If possible, please share their symptoms and if they have a positive influenza diagnosis.
For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.