March 10, 2020

Dear SAGA School Parents and Community Members, 

Thank you for your continued support as SAGA actively monitors information related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) risk and makes decisions on how best to respond. 

The SAGA School leadership is evaluating the situation daily and preparing for a variety of outcomes. King County Public Health continues to recommend schools remain open unless there is a confirmed case of COVID-19. The SAGA School is following this recommendation. 

Updates for the SAGA Community

The SAGA School is also preparing for remote learning should the school close due to a Public Health mandate or exposure to COVID-19. The leadership team is considering continuing education remotely using technology and/or providing "packets" of learning materials for those who don't have access to the internet or are in the younger grade levels. Regular teacher contact would be available during this time via internet or phone. 

The SAGA School requests that parents and caretakers who drop off or pick up students refrain from staying in the common areas of the building , as we are trying to avoid the spread of germs as much as possible. Some alternative places to visit or "hang out" are Diva Espresso (10555 Greenwood Ave N) or the Broadview Library (12755 Greenwood Ave N). 

We ask that you use the following precautions when deciding whether your child should attend school:
 
  • If your child is currently showing any signs of illness, please keep them home and follow Parent Handbook guidelines for when they should return. 206-442-2023 / admin@sagaschool.org.
  • If anyone in your household currently has flu-like symptoms, please keep your child home.
  • If your child is showing signs of illness and has possibly been exposed to a patient with COVID-19, please keep them home from school and contact your healthcare provider for further instructions and guidance. Please notify The SAGA School as well: 206-442-2023 / admin@sagaschool.org
  • If any member of your household is at high risk from COVID-19 (elderly adults and persons who have underlying chronic medical conditions) you should consider keeping your child home.

People at higher risk of severe illness should stay home and away from large groups of people as much as possible, including public places with lots of people and large gatherings where there will be close contact with others. People at higher risk include:
  • People 60 and older
  • People with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes
  • People who have weakened immune systems
  • People who are pregnant

This is a rapidly evolving situation. We will update the community should the situation change. 

Student Attendance

We understand that, out of concern for their student's safety, some families are choosing to keep their children home even if they are not ill. If a student self-quarantines or is quarantined at the advice of medical professionals, the student's family should immediately contact the school. As with any illness-related absence, we will work with each individual student and family in support of the student's learning.

What can you do to help keep our SAGA Community safe? 

The most effective way to stay healthy and minimize the spread of infectious disease is to follow health best practices as we would for any flu-like disease.

As recommended by the Washington State Department of Health: 
  • If you or your child have cold symptoms or are feeling ill, stay home, avoid public spaces, and call your healthcare provider early on. This virus presents itself like a common cold in the beginning and is highly contagious, so extra precautions are needed
  • Practice good personal health habits: Wash your hands often with soap and water. Take 20 seconds (or sing the A-B-C song slowly) to properly wash your hands 
  • Notify schools or places of employment immediately if you suspect that you, a caretaker, or a family member have been exposed to the virus or have experienced coronavirus symptoms such as mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, AND shortness of breath 
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects such as doorknobs and tabletops
  • Get plenty of rest, drink fluids, eat healthy foods, and manage your stress - take care of yourself: this can help you prevent from getting COVID-19 and help you recover from it if you do
The SAGA School staff and janitorial crew continue to take extra precautions around the school to clean more frequently with recommended cleaning solutions, to air out the classrooms more often, and to provide sanitizing solution. 

SAGA will continue to utilize email, text alerts, the SAGA website, and the SAGA Facebook page if we need to communicate urgent news.
 
It is important to remember that handling the spread of a serious contagion like the COVID-19 virus is primarily a task for public health agencies. Any directives from the World Health Organization, CDC, or local governmental organizations should be followed. 

If you have questions for the school, please call the school office at 206-442-2023 or email admin@sagaschool.org.  

Additional resources: 
  • Washington State call center that can answer questions about the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), how it spreads, and what to do if you have symptoms. Call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.
Thank you for your mindfulness and stay well, 

Anjanette U Gonzales
Head of School 
11010 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133
206-442-2023
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