COVID-19 Information

Grace Academy shares your concerns about the coronavirus and continues to monitor and respond to the quickly evolving situation. At this time, there are no cases of the COVID19 virus at Grace Academy nor are there any known students, faculty, or staff with symptoms. We request your partnership with the school to keep everyone healthy. This page contains both links for more information and recommendations to do our best to keep our community free of the virus.

If you or a family member have recently traveled to a high risk area and you or your family member feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should:

  • Notify the school immediately at 360-659-8517
  • Seek medical care right away.
  • Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.

Trusted sources for accurate information about the Coronavirus:
CDC: How to Protect Yourself
WA State Dept. of Health: Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheets
WHO: Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19)

Keep up-to-date on the situation by checking these sites or signing up for their alert messaging.
CDC: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary
King County Public Health: Coronavirus Disease 2019
WA State Dept. of Health: 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19)
WHO: Coronavirus

Communication to our school families

As the events surrounding the COVID-19 virus evolve rapidly, we will closely monitor the situation. At this time, we will continue to maintain normal school operations, making additional changes for the health of our community if necessary. As the CDC emphasized, there is not a coronavirus pandemic in the United States.

School Activities
For now, athletics and school activities will continue as scheduled. The situation is fluid so we will communicate updates and adjustments in our school operations as necessary. In the meantime, we are determining a response for our faculty to continue instruction remotely if necessary.
We will provide communication as the situation develops. Staff and faculty are trained in sanitizing procedures. We are making provisions for frequent hand washing or hand sanitizing throughout the day. We will continue to monitor classroom/grade-level health trends and absenteeism and make a daily assessment of student health.

Information on the CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Although coronavirus is a very common virus and in its simplest form can cause the common cold, other strains of this virus (MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV) have been known to cause severe respiratory symptoms and pneumonia in some people.
Health experts are concerned because little is known about this new strain (COVID-19) of coronavirus, and they are still learning the details about how it spreads. While the CDC considers the 2019 – 2020 outbreak a very serious public health threat, based on current information, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 to the general American public is considered low at this time.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
Symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure and typically include:
Fever
Cough
Shortness of breath

PREVENTING INFECTION
Person-to-person spread is thought to occur through:
Respiratory droplets produced by coughing and sneezing
Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. Take everyday preventative actions to stop the spread of germs.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. An easy way to mark the time is to hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice while scrubbing.
If water and soap are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth..
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick or becoming sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue (not your hands) and throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

TRAVEL ADVISORY
The Washington State Department of Public Health announced on January 31, 2020, that travelers from China arriving in the U.S. after February 2, 2020 will be asked to stay at home, away from others, and monitor their health for 14 days.
If you or a family member have recently traveled to a high risk area and you or your family member feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should:
Notify the school immediately at 360-659-8517
Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
Avoid contact with others.