Covid Update

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,


GSAA wants to reassure you that plans are in place to keep our students and staff as safe as possible from the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). GSAA is following the Vallivue School District (VSD) who is working proactively with the Southwest District Health Department (SWDH) in following recommendations and guidelines for implementing preventative measures. 

COVID-19 is primarily spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets from coughs or sneezes and through close contact (within 6 feet) of someone that is infected. It may be possible to be infected by touching infected surfaces and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. 


GSAA's online/remote education plan

We appreciate all of the support we have received from parents, students, and board members as we have worked to arrange for the continued education of our students to be done online. It has been an exciting week full of learning about new technology as well as determining how to adjust and translate our curriculum to the new platforms. In the end, we have a plan that will allow us to conduct “school” remotely via several different platforms including Zoom, Google Classroom, and Jupiter. Other platforms may be used by teachers who have been using them throughout the school year already.

Education Plan
The plan we have come up with will allow us to deliver instruction for as little or as long as is necessary, but there may be adjustments to it as we go. For this reason and others, it is important that students and parents check emails regularly. The plan we have come up with includes things like online class sessions with teachers conducted through Zoom, recorded lessons sent to students, homework assigned to students and submitted electronically, and optional help sessions offered by teachers. We plan to start gradually so that everyone can get comfortable with this new educational model, but our hope is to keep students engaged during the school day (8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday) so there is some normalcy restored to their lives. Please ask your student to be available during regular school hours just like if school were being held on campus.

 
How Is GSAA Responding:
  • GSAA is following recommendations for the control and prevention of COVID-19. Staff and student education on prevention strategies are being implemented.
  • GSAA Administration is reviewing plans for the management of potential staff and student absences or possible school closure. 
  • GSAA Janitorial will increase cleaning and disinfecting of commonly touched surfaces during the COVID-19 outbreak.
What Can Students and Staff Do To Prevent Infection?
 
REVIEW AND PRACTICE prevention strategies:
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, when visibly dirty, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Practice respiratory hygiene 
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing. Dispose of the tissue in the nearest waste receptacle.
    • Clean hands after contact with respiratory secretions or contaminated objects/materials. 
  • Avoid touching your face (eyes, nose, and mouth). 
  • Avoid sharing food, drinks, cosmetics or personal care items (lip balm, eye drops, etc.).  
STAY HOME WHEN YOU ARE SICK. Call your medical provider and seek care for fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Do not return to school until at least 24 hours after the fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine (Tylenol, Advil, etc.).
STAY INFORMED - For additional information on COVID-19 please review the national CDC website, and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare website for Idaho specific information.    
 
Thank you for your continued support in keeping our students and staff safe. 
 
Resources:

 

Handwashing:                                                                                                

CDC Handwashing webpagevideos and printable resources.                            

WHO handwashing poster.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T98gqC-yanU&feature=youtu.be for elementary students.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IisgnbMfKvI&feature=youtu.be for secondary students.

ABC handwashing video for secondary students.

 

Cover your Cough: 

CDC cough video for students.

CDC Poster

WHO Cough Poster

 

COVID-19 Stop the Spread:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/stop-the-spread-of-germs.pdf

 

COVID-19 Fact Sheet:

CDC Fact Sheet: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf    
 

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