Infectious Diseases Information

Battle Ground Public Schools is currently operating under a Remote Learning Model with plans to transition to a Hybrid Learning Model once Clark County has met certain metrics that have been established by the state of Washington. Visit www.battlegroundps.org/remote-learning/ for details.

Coronavirus

The health of our children is important to all of us. As the coronavirus spreads in Washington state, Battle Ground Public Schools wants to assure families that it is closely monitoring the situation and working directly with Clark County Public Health and the Washington State Department of Health as it does for all matters concerning public health.

How it spreads
Clark County Public Health says that without close contact with an infected person, people are at extremely low risk of contracting COVID-19. It is spread through close contact (within 6 feet) and via respiratory droplets when someone coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza spreads.

What families can do

The state of Washington is encouraging people to get an annual flu shot, practice social distancing, and wear facial coverings.

Clark County Public Health advises that everyday practices to prevent colds, flu, and other respiratory illnesses can also protect people against coronaviruses, including COVID-19. The agency recommends people take the following actions to keep themselves healthy:

  • Stay home when you are sick. If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19 (see the CDC’s list of COVID-19 symptoms), have not been tested for the virus, and have had no close contact of someone with COVID-19, then stay home until 10 days after symptoms started AND at least 24 hours have passed since the fever resolved without medication AND symptoms have improved.
    See Battle Ground Public Schools’ COVID-19 Student Screening Flow Chart.
  • When you report your student’s absence, please provide details about your child’s specific symptoms.
  • Wear a facial covering
  • Practice physical distancing
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Get the flu shot.

Talk with your family
Parents, please talk with your children about proper hand washing and hygiene techniques.

Talking With Children during infectious disease outbreaks from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is a good resource for talking with your children about a disease outbreak.

Thank you

Thank you for your support as we work together to keep our students healthy.

FAQ

If you have children or family members with other medical conditions that put them at higher risk for the flu, talk to your healthcare provider about planning specific to your family.

If your child is showing a symptom of COVID-19, please

  1. Contact your healthcare provider
  2. Report the symptom(s) to and follow up with your school nurse or principal
  3. Refer to the COVID-19 Student Screening Flow Chart

We provide information to families via several methods:
Battle Ground website for updates
Email
Automated phone call
Social media
BGPS Information line: (360) 885-5343

More information about district communications is on the District Communications page.

Information about Battle Ground Public Schools’ Remote Learning Plan is online. Plans for transitioning to hybrid learning and what that would look like are also available on the Hybrid Learning page.

Help keep our students healthy

Please keep children at home when they are sick. If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19 (see the CDC’s list of COVID-19 symptoms), have not been tested for the virus, and have had no close contact of someone with COVID-19, then stay home until 10 days after symptoms started AND at least 24 hours have passed since the fever resolved without medication AND symptoms have improved.

COVID Screening Flow Chart

COVID-19 Student Screening Flow Chart (Battle Ground Public Schools PDF)

What to do if you have symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 and have not been around anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 (Washington Department of Health PDF)

Stop the Spread of Germs poster

Stop the Spread of Germs COVID-19 poster (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention PDF)
(Spanish)

Parent Resources

Coping During Coronavirus

Talking With Children during infectious disease outbreaks (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

When and How to Wash Your Hands (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Masks
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend people wear masks to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus

School guidance during the pandemic

The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Washington Department of Health have provided guidance for reopening schools during the public health crisis.

Reopening Washington Schools 2020: District Planning Guide (Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction)

OSPI’s COVID-19 Guidance to School Districts

Decision Tree for Provision of In Person Learning among K-12 Students at Public and Private Schools during the COVID-19 Pandemic (Washington Department of Health)

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