Communication from NBAS regarding Preventative Hygiene practices to prevent the spread of flu like symptom illnesses

Communication from NBAS regarding Preventative Hygiene practices to prevent the spread of flu like symptom illnesses
Posted on 03/03/2020
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Earlier this week, North Branch Area Schools received a joint letter from the Michigan Department of Education and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.   The letter contains very important information on how to mitigate the spread of infections including the coronavirus.  We have posted the letter on our website.   
As of this communication, there have been no reported cases of the flu-like illness in Michigan.  Because of the media attention, and because North Branch Area Schools will always prioritize your child's health and safety as our top priority, I am sharing the same information we sent to all of our district employees. 
 
I have asked our teachers and staff to have conversations with their students on preventative hygiene practices:
  • Remain at home if you are sick and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are unavailable.
  • Cover cough with a tissue or sleeve. Provide adequate supplies within easy reach, including tissues and no-touch trash cans.
Finally, North Branch Schools will be implementing the following deep cleaning schedule effective immediately where we will thoroughly disinfect all buildings and classrooms M-W-F each week until further notice.   In addition, we are bringing in a cleaning crew this Sunday evening to do a deep cleaning in the high school, since we will have thousands of visitors Friday-Sunday for the State Band Festival and State Power Lifting Meet.   
I will continue to share information with the district as events unfold in the coming weeks. 
Thank you,
Jim Fish
North Branch Area School District Superintendent

Link to MDE & Michigan Department of Health & Human Services Communication