WWS Updates - Mar 6, 2020

  • Dear Rocks Families, 

    With the recent announcement of a confirmed Coronavirus/COVID-19 case in Indiana, coupled with the approaching Spring Break (April 3-12), we recognize the growing concerns about the spread of the virus. While we know that there has been one confirmed case in Indiana, we must prepare for additional cases.  There are no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Westfield or in our schools and at this time and school-related activities will continue as scheduled. We are continuing to monitor the situation closely and are in daily contact with the Hamilton County Health Department, Riverview Health and the Indiana Department of Education to ensure we have the latest information.

    At WWS, we are taking extra precautions to ensure a safe environment for our students and staff.  Even with these steps, WWS is not immune - as we have seen with the many absences the last few weeks for Influenza A and B. 

    We are asking you to help us limit the likelihood of an outbreak:

    • If your student is sick, please keep them at home. 
    • If you are a WWS staff member and are sick, please stay home.
    • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, using soap and hot water.  
    • Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. 
    • Help us remind students not to touch his/her eyes, mouth or nose. 

    As COVID-19 continues to spread internationally, families may have questions about upcoming travel. The CDC has issued no official recommendations regarding domestic travel at this time. All travelers should practice general preventive measures. Regarding international travel, the CDC recommends avoiding nonessential travel to countries with a CDC level 3 travel health notice. Additionally, anyone returning from travel to countries with a CDC level 3 travel health notice will be instructed by the Indiana Department of Health to self-quarantine for 14 days. Additional information, as well as a list of countries with health advisories, is available at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.

    Families planning international travel should keep in mind that this situation is rapidly evolving. International travel to areas where COVID-19 is spreading may result in delays or possibly quarantine if travel recommendations change while abroad. If you do travel internationally to a level 3 country, please notify your school’s office.

    We will continue to communicate with you in the days and weeks to come.  As always, the safety of our students, staff and families remains our top priority. We will act out of an abundance of caution to protect everyone’s health and wellbeing.  

    Thank you for your attention to this message.  We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. See you Monday!