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COVID-19

Lakeland Jt. School District schools are closed until further notice.  During this time, remote distance learning will take place for students.  If you have questions, please call our main line at 208-687-0431

 

Click Here for 03.27.2020 letter to parents


 

 


Frequently Asked questions about

coronavirus or COVID-19


This page will be updated as new information is available. Please continue to check back for updates.


Do we have coronavirus (COVID-19) in Idaho?

Please check here with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

Are children at risk of getting coronavirus?

Infections in children have been reported. Limited reports describe that children have experienced cold-like symptoms, such as fever, runny nose and cough. You can read more about this here from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

When should my child stay home sick from school?

We will continue to follow our policies for illness. A student should stay home sick if they need more care than the school can provide or they are running a fever of 99 degrees or higher.  Students need to be fever-free for 24 hours (without the aid of fever reducing medications) before returning to school. This will help ensure that the fever is truly gone and that your child is past the point of being contagious. (See our Too Sick for School? letter from our school nurse.)  Please visit the CDC Website for more information.

When should I seek medical advice if I suspect I, or someone close to me, has coronavirus?

While the number of cases is increasing, the vast majority of the illnesses around the world are mild, with fever and coughs. If you or a family member has symptoms like cough, fever or other respiratory problems, contact your regular medical provider. Public health officials recommend not going to the emergency room unless there is a critical need. They also recommend seeking medical advice if you are over the age of 60 and have an underlying medical condition. If you believe you were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, call the Panhandle Health District hotline at 1-877-415-5225

What role does the LJSD Play?

Our district works together with local health departments to spread awareness of health and safety precautions.  Schools, working together with local health departments, have an important role in slowing the spread of diseases to help ensure students have safe and healthy learning environments. Schools serve students, staff and visitors from throughout the community. All of these people may have close contact in the school setting, often sharing spaces, equipment and supplies.

What more has lakeland jt. school district done to prepare for, and prevent the spread of, coronavirus?

We are communicating daily with public health authorities with Panhandle Health.

We are participating in continuing education through the Centers for Disease Control.

We have reviewed our standard procedures and materials for routine cleaning and disinfecting.

We regularly clean frequently touched surfaces with a disinfectant product.

We are in the process of completing additional surface disinfecting as a precautionary measure.

We routinely separate ill students and staff from others until they can go home.

We have reviewed our illness guidelines and continue to follow them, excluding children who show signs and symptoms of communicable disease.

We continue to reinforce the need for proper handwashing or use of hand sanitizer. Our hand sanitizer is effective for coronavirus. 

Will online learning be available district-wide for all students?

 We will ensure that our high school students will have the ability to check out a Chromebook to work on anything they may need to meet graduation requirements while at home.  In addition, any junior or senior who is currently enrolled in dual credit classes will have the ability to check out a Chromebook as they will be required by the universities to continue their lessons. All students will have an opportunity to meet with their teacher(s) on Wednesday, March 18 between 9:00-11:00am and 2:00-4:00pm to pick up materials they may need.

If schools are closed, how will the instructional time be made up?

We will follow the recommendations of our partner agencies and are hopeful we won’t need to close schools in the District.

However, should we find ourselves in that situation, we will explore all opportunities for exemptions with the Idaho State Department of Education.  The Lakeland Jt. School District is in close contact the the Idaho State Department of Education, who will work with school districts to waive the requirement for the minimum number of instructional hours.  It appears that districts will not have to add time to the end of the school year to make up for any closures related to the Coronavirus.

I have more questions about coronavirus. How can I get them answered?

Panhandle Health has established a hotline for community members to get answers to questions about coronavirus.

Call 1-877-415-5225

Hotline hours: Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM. (Hours may expand in the future).

For up-to-date information, visit the CDC coronavirus website or Panhandle Health District

In addition, Kootenai Health has guidelines available on its coronavirus page.

Employee Resources

Take steps to protect yourself

Illustration: washing hands with soap and water

 

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Illustration: Woman quarantined to her home

 

Avoid close contact

Take steps to protect others

man in bed

 

Stay home if you’re sick

woman covering their mouth when coughing

 

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

man wearing a mask

 

Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick:  You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

cleaning a counter

 

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

To disinfect:
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.

Options include:

  • Diluting your household bleach.
    To make a bleach solution, mix:
    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
      OR
    • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

    Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.

  • Alcohol solutions.
    Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.
  • Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants.
    Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens pdf icon[7 pages]external icon claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).

Complete disinfection guidance