Posted: February 28, 2020

Dear Camas Community:

Camas School District is committed to the health and safety of our students. In recent days, we’ve heard from families seeking information about the Coronavirus. At this time, there are no reports of Coronavirus in our community. Our school nurses and health personnel continue to receive updates and guidance on signs and symptoms of the Coronavirus from Clark County Public Health, which has informed us that to date, no cases have been confirmed in Clark County, and there is no reason from a clinical standpoint to be alarmed.

The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to provide information about what is happening in the state, how the virus spreads, and what to do if you have symptoms. Call 800-525-0127. The state health department is also updating its Coronavirus outbreak webpage daily.

We are creating contingency plans should the situation in our area dramatically change. We will, of course, keep you informed about any developments in this unlikely scenario.

We are reminding staff and our community to combat stigma intentionally. As new information emerges, it is important to remember that COVID-19 is not connected to race, ethnicity, or nationality. Stigma will not help to fight the illness; however, sharing accurate information during a time of heightened concern is critical to keeping misinformation at bay.

Steps you can take to prevent the spread of influenza and other illnesses:

  • wash hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds;
  • avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands;
  • cover coughs and sneezes;
  • stay home when sick; and
  • avoid contact with people who are sick.

In the event of an identified case of Coronavirus in our community, Clark County Public Health will provide direction to schools as is the practice with all significant infectious diseases.

Sincerely,

Jeff Snell, Superintendent
Camas School District