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Coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 (previously known as 2019 novel coronavirus or 2019-nCoV), is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. It is part of a larger family of viruses called coronavirus, some of which are in circulation normally and can cause illnesses like the common cold. This information section is designed to provide a synopsis of the situation and how St. Anthony School has and will continue to be ready to protect student and staff health and well-being.
St. Anthony Staff & Families,
I would like to provide some updates in regards to our school response to the Covid-19 outbreak. As I mentioned in the March newsletter published on Feb. 28th, we are continuing to monitor the spread of this virus and will continue to update you with information as it occurs. It is important that people stick to the facts published on the CDC and AZ Dept. of Health websites for accurate information.
According to the CDC, " For the majority of people, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low. There is not widespread circulation in most communities in the United States. " The CDC does warn that it’s likely that at some point, widespread transmission of COVID-19 in the United States will occur. In that event, the risk assessment will be different, which is why we will continue to monitor this situation. In situations like this, we don't want false information to cause undue anxiety or stress, therefore I encourage you to visit the CDC website and read more about the CDC report at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
It is important to note that it is currently flu and respiratory disease season in Arizona, and with that in mind, we remind all of our staff to take the following precautions, no matter what time of year it is, to keep our workplace healthy:
Be mindful for symptoms such as:
If we are alerted that any type of outbreak is occurring in Navajo County, we will immediately follow all protocols set forth by the County Health Department. While there is no cause for alarm, our staff is developing contingency plans for students and staff in case we need to modify instruction in the future. In the event of a school facility closure, students would be required to complete weekly work packets at home along with a possibility of online lessons and meetings for jr. high students. Plans and details for this would be communicated to all families through our communication channels of text, email, social media, and our school website. Visit https://stantschool.org/family-info for all school information and updates in regards to Covid-19.
What has the school been doing to prepare?
What will the school do going forward?
Again, we will continue to monitor this fluid situation. For additional information, please refer to the following web pages:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Arizona Department of Health Services
We thank you for your trust and support in St. Anthony School. We will keep you updated with our hard work and dedication to your child's safety.
Principal - St. Anthony School
Q. Are children more susceptible to the virus that causes COVID-19 compared with the general population and how can infection be prevented? No, there is no evidence that children are more susceptible. In fact, most confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported from China have occurred in adults. Infections in children have been reported, including in very young children. From limited information published from past Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) outbreaks, infection among children was relatively uncommon.
Q: Does the clinical presentation of COVID-19 differ in children compared with adults? Limited reports of children with COVID-19 in China have described cold-like symptoms, such as fever, runny nose, and cough. Gastrointestinal symptoms (vomiting and diarrhea) have been reported in at least one child with COVID-19. These limited reports suggest that children with confirmed COVID-19 have generally presented with mild symptoms, and though severe complications (acute respiratory distress syndrome, septic shock) have been reported, they appear to be uncommon. See more information on CDC Clinical Guidance for COVID-19.
Q: Are there any treatments available for children with COVID-19? There are currently no antiviral drugs recommended or licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for COVID-19. Clinical management includes prompt implementation of recommended infection prevention and control measures in healthcare settings and supportive management of complications. See more information on CDC Clinical Guidance for COVID-19.
Q: What is St. Anthony School doing to help protect students during this period of heightened awareness relating to public health? This situation, just like any other communicable disease, would be handled on our campus under the guidance of the Arizona Department of Health Services. We are continually monitoring all information and websites dedicated to sharing information on this evolving situation. All pertinent information on prevention has been shared with parents and employees, and at this time, there are no identified cases in the St. Anthony School community. Parents should refer to the official web page of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Q: Where can I get the most accurate facts and up-to-date information about the quickly evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) situation? Under the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention along with the Arizona Department of Health Services, St. Anthony School is following the protocols and information they are disseminating to the public.