March 6th, 2020
Dear Staff and Families:
The Columbus School District values the health and well-being of our students, staff and families. We work throughout the year to promote healthy schools. Safety is always our priority.
As the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) share more information about COVID-19, or the coronavirus, we want you to know that we are regularly in contact with the Columbia County Health Department. Our school nurse and school health services staff work alongside school administrators to plan and respond to emerging communicable disease concerns following the guidance of the public health department and CDC recommendations.
Schools are being encouraged to update their pandemic plans given that the CDC is recommending Americans prepare for the likely spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The Columbus School District is reviewing its plan.
A continued theme from public health officials is that it is currently flu and respiratory disease season and getting vaccinated for influenza, taking everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed is recommended. CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water
Help your students to wash their hands well
Do not drop off your sick child at school
Stay home when you're sick
Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing
Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
Links below to the Centers for Disease Control information about COVID-19:
Links to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services information about COVID-19:
Link to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction webpage:
The COVID-19 situation is constantly evolving and changing. We understand there is uncertainty involved in this situation. We plan to keep you informed as needed. We encourage you to contact the district school nurse or local public health department if you have further questions.
Brittany Bayer, RN