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Friday, November 6, 2020

Appleton City R-2 School District COVID-19

November 6, 2020Dear Parents/Guardians:

We are reaching out to you to inform you of a new positive case of Covid-19 in the Appleton City School District. The district is working with local county health departments to identify close contacts of the confirmed case. If a student or staff member has been determined to have been in close contact with this individual, you will be contacted with further instructions.

If you are not contacted, there is nothing further you need to do at this time. Close contact is defined as fewer than 6 feet for more than 15 minutes, regardless of face covering use per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The district is taking all precautions, consistent with the CDC and county health departments. Due to privacy requirements, we cannot release the name of the individual or details that may identify them. Appropriate cleaning and disinfecting measures are being taken within the school. 

Covid-19 is thought to be spread via person-to-person contact through contaminated air droplets from coughing and sneezing by an infected person. As with controlling the spread of other viruses, we urge everyone to take the following preventive measures:

1. Stay home if you are sick.
2. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after eating, coughing, blowing your nose, or after being in a public place.
3. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until dry.
4. Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue away and wash your hands.
5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth as much as possible.
6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
7. Maintain 6 feet of distance between non-household members and wear a mask in places where maintaining social distance is not possible.
Please monitor for symptoms including:
1. Fever of 100.4 or higher
2. Any new cough
3. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
4. Fatigue
5. Muscle or body aches
6. Headache
7. New loss of taste or smell
8. Sore throat
9. New congestion or runny nose
10. Nausea or Vomiting
11. Diarrhea
12. Having close contact with a person with Covid-19 in the last 14 days

We will continue to monitor the situation wand will provide additional information as needed. If you have any questions you may contact the school at (660)476-2161.