In light of the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) outbreak, we want to share information about West Valley’s procedures and protocols around infectious diseases as well as information specific to the Novel Coronavirus.
We are in constant communication with Spokane Regional Health District who has been providing us with the most up-to-date guidelines from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding COVID-19 disease. As of right now it is recommended that we follow our infectious disease procedure/policy as we would with any infectious disease. The infectious disease procedure can be found on our website, here.
The two most applicable parts of the procedure are:
PROCEDURES: INFECTIOUS DISEASES
An infectious disease is caused by the presence of certain microorganisms in the body. Infectious diseases may or may not be communicable or in a contagious state. Diseases in a contagious state may be controlled by exclusion from the classroom or by referral for medical attention of the infected student. Staff members of a school must advise the principal when a student possesses symptoms of an infectious disease. The principal must be provided with as much health information as is known about the case in a timely manner so that appropriate action can be initiated.
The length of absence from school for a student ill from a contagious disease is determined by the directions given in the Infectious Disease Control Guide or instructions provided by the attending physician, or instructions from the local health officer.
We will continue to be in communication with Spokane Regional Health District and follow their guidance and directions. Click here for further information from the DOH about the virus. Additional information can be found on our website www.wvsd.org.