In an effort to keep school children and staff healthier, the Operations and Maintenance Teams are adding significantly more hand sanitizers to each building over the next several weeks. It’s hoped students and staff will take proactive steps to avoid germs and viruses during the height of the cold and flu season.
Plans call for the installation of six dispensers at all elementary schools, 12 in middle schools and Hidden Lake High School and 30 units at Westminster High School. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is quick to point out that hand sanitizers should not be used as a replacement for soap and water which remains the best form of protection.
The addition of the dispensers coincides with a stepped up message from the Tri-County Health Department in regards to Enteorvirus D-68 which has caused health concerns around the country. Details are listed below:
We are entering the cold and flu season, and as always, health experts are advising everyone to practice good hygiene and take preventive measures to remain healthy and keep others from getting sick. The emergence of Enterovirus D68 is of great concern and District 50 is working with the Colorado Department of Health (CDH) and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to try and control the spread of the virus. Here are some basic measures every child and parent should practice.
- Avoid close contact with sick people
- Wash your hands often with soap & water
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
- Clean and disinfect surfaces
Please take the time to read the latest information from the CDE: