A few of you have reached out to the school to ask about the recent news report regarding the Coronavirus that is affecting overseas populations and has traveled to the US. Please know that we are taking every precaution that we can to ensure the safety of our students. We are monitoring the communications available to us as a school, such as the CDC and WHO, and attempting to follow the guidelines and suggestions that they are offering to the best of our ability. In addition to the heightened awareness of the Coronavirus, we are in the middle of the flu season! Many Faculty and Students have been absent in the past few days. Please know we are being extra vigilant and encouraging students to practice good hygiene and wash their hands frequently. Conversely, the recommendation regarding prevention of Coronavirus are in line with the recommendations for Flu and Cold season.
I also want to reiterate our school policy regarding students who are ill:
Student Illness Policy: To provide a safe and healthy environment, Palm Valley School does not allow sick children at School. If your child has a yellow or green discharge from their nose, any discharge from their eyes, pink or red eyes, vomiting or diarrhea within the last 6 hours, or a fever of 100 degrees or higher within the last 24 hours, they must be kept at home. Parents and guardians who do not adhere to this policy and send sick children to school may be asked to come and pick them up to take them home to rest and recover.
If your child has had any contagious or any infectious illness, Palm Valley School requires a note from the child’s physician saying they can return to school. When a student contracts a contagious disease, the School should be informed, which will inform the families of other students exposed to the illness, keeping the contracting student’s identity confidential.
We want to thank you for your concern and messages highlighting resources in regard to this issue. Please know that we will continue to stay informed and will share information as needed to address this issue as it develops. We encourage all families to read the available information from the two websites provided and to continue to reach out and ask questions or share concerns.
Head of School