Updated Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Mapleton Public Schools is committed to the health and safety of our students and staff. We are working closely with Tri-County Health Department, as well as other state health partners, to monitor the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
On Tuesday, March 10, Gov. Jared Polis declared a state of emergency in response to coronavirus to bring additional health resources to Colorado.
Currently, Tri-County Health Department says the immediate threat to our community is low. Should this change in the future, the district is prepared to protect our families through appropriate control measures.
For accurate, up-to-date information about coronavirus, we encourage you to access the following sources:
- Tri-County Health Department
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE)
What is coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath. These viruses spread through coughing or sneezing, much like the flu.
What can I do now?
As best practice for overall health in cold and flu season, engage in every day, preventative measures to prevent the spread of germs and avoid illness, such as:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (about as long as it takes to sing the ABCs). If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
- Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.
- Stay home/keep children home if they are sick. The CDC recommends that individuals remain home for at least 24 hours after a fever or signs of a fever (i.e., chills, feeling warm, flushed appearance.) Please notify your child’s school if your child needs to stay home sick and, if possible, share their symptoms. If they have a positive influenza diagnosis, please also share that information.
- Get a flu shot if you have not gotten one this year. It’s not too late!
Update your contact information
- Please make sure your contact information, including phone numbers and email, are up to date on the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. This will ensure you do not miss out on any important updates. Please call or visit your child's school if you need help updating your contact information.
What is Mapleton doing?
Our focus remains on providing safe, healthy learning environments for our students and staff. We will continue to work closely with public health partners to monitor the situation and provide additional communication as needed. In the event of an outbreak in our community, we would follow our public health partners’ lead on any quarantines, closures or other health measures as necessary.
Additionally, we maintain stringent cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting practices at all schools to help avoid disease transmission.
Too sick for school?
It can be difficult to know when your child is too sick for school. The following documents from the CDPHE (ENGLISH) (SPANISH) provide information regarding symptoms to consider when making this decision.