March 10, 2020
Good Afternoon Faith Family,
Starting last week, we began sending out weekly health updates involving COVID-19 and will continue to do so. Since this is a dynamic situation, if anything changes between these weekly updates, we will certainly notify you of those changes immediately.
Several times each day, we monitor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website (www.cdc.gov).
We also gain valuable information from the Southern Nevada Health District and The Nevada Department of Education. Each provides timely wisdom which helps inform our decisions.
- Coronavirus is not the first, nor will it likely be the last, infectious disease to heighten health concerns in the population.
- The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
- The CDC does not recommend for people that are well to use face masks to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Common symptoms can range from mild illness to pneumonia and can include: fever, flu like symptoms, and
- The CDC and World Health Organization have indicated that symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
- As a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Please share these reminders with your child(ren).
Travel and School Trips
- As of today, the CDC has recommended that travelers avoid all non-essential travel to Iran, Italy, China, and South Korea (Level 3 - the highest threat level). We do not have any school trips planned to those countries.
- We are cancelling our April trip to Japan because it is still at Level 2, and Japan has closed schools for 13 million children for the rest of their school year, which ends in March.
- Cal-Berkley has cancelled outside group access to its Biomedical Engineering competition in April. They are doing the competition online. Mr. Morrill is working with the airline, hotel, and rental vans to pursue any refunds that might be available.
- We completely respect a parent's decision to choose not to send their child(ren) on any school trip. Faith Lutheran is not responsible for any refunds. For trips planned through a travel company, Faith Lutheran will try to recoup as much money as possible from the companies. We will refund you all monies returned to us from those companies.
Facilities and Cleaning
- The school is cleaned thoroughly every day. Using a hospital grade disinfectant, all hard surfaces (including student desks, cafeteria tables, light switches, and door handles) are cleaned.
- The weights, bars, and benches in the weight room are wiped down with a weight room disinfectant every day.
- Wrestling/MMA mats are bleached several times each day.
- As an extra measure of precaution, we will begin using a new technique called EvaClean Electrostatic Daycare Sanitation each weekend so the school will get a second level of fresh spray and disinfectant to be ready for school each week.
- We are adding additional cleaning staff to our night and weekend shifts to accommodate the need for additional cleaning.
Obviously, at this time, school is fully in session every day on campus. In the event that schools in Las Vegas would need to close for a time, Faith Lutheran has the capability to transition to an online format. We certainly will not make that decision lightly or without the clear recommendations of the CDC, the Southern Nevada Health District, and the Nevada Department of Education.
As always, we value your partnership and trust as we discern the best ways to navigate this current health issue. Rest assured that as circumstances continue to develop, one thing remains the same: our Faith Family - your child(ren)'s safety and the safety of our faculty and staff - is our highest priorities, and we will make decisions reflecting that.
Steven J. Buuck, Ph,D.
Chief Executive Officer