Coronavirus Information for Families

We will keep this webpage updated for parents with the most current and reliable information we have regarding coronavirus and school closure. 
Please refresh this webpage to make sure you see the most recent version. This webpage was last updated April 7, 2020, at 6:33 pm
 
Click on the underlined hyperlinks for additional information.
 
The staff has worked hard to develop off-site instruction plans including digital and print options. Please click HERE.
 
What is “coronavirus” and what is COVID-19; how are they different?
COVID-19​ is the name for the “novel coronavirus” which originated in Wuhan, China in 2019. Coronavirus is an umbrella term. There are many strains of coronavirus. The current situation relates specifically to COVID-19. 
 
How do I find out more about COVID-19 in Montana?
The state opened a phone line, email address, and website for the public to get more information about the virus in Montana. The phone line is 1-888-333-0461, the email is covid19info@mt.gov and the website is https://covid19.mt.gov/. The phone line and email will be staffed 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
 
What are the dangers to children, and how might they be different than for adults?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have provided ​these answers​ as it relates to children and COVID-19.
 
What can I do to prepare my family and myself for COVID-19’s spread?
In addition to taking regular flu precautions, your family can prepare for possible illness. You can visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s preparation webpage for additional information.
 
How should I talk to my child about the COVID-19?
There is no "right way" to talk to your child about hard subjects. Every child and every family is different. This article from the NYT Parent Magazine may be a helpful frame for the conversation. PBS recently published this potentially helpful cartoon flipbook to assist in discussing the topic with younger children. The Mystery Science video on how germs get inside the body might be helpful also.
 
What additional actions is the district taking at this time?
  • Suspension of all facility use by the community including the use of our weight room.
  • Our buildings are CLOSED during shelter-in-place.
 
What is the role of handwashing to help alleviate the spread of illness?
Handwashing is always recommended during the cold and flu season; this season is no exception. ​Proper handwashing​ is one of the most effective ways to limit the spread of COVID-19. All staff has been asked to remind and encourage students, in age-appropriate ways, to wash their hands. It is recommended you wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
 
What other precautions can be taken to prevent the spread of illness?
Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
Stay home when sick.
  • Remain at home until fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
  • Seek immediate medical care if symptoms become more severe, e.g., high fever or difficulty breathing.
Use “respiratory etiquette”. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
 
What additional sites might parents be interested in visiting for information?