Dear SAGA School Parents and Community Members,
Earlier this week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) held a press conference updating the country on the current status of the COVID-19 virus and what steps should be taken moving forward. In response to the news report yesterday about increased COVID-19 activity in King County, Governor Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency and Washington lawmakers are budgeting new funds to respond to the virus. This is worrisome for our families and staff and a cause for concern.
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.
- If you or your child has cold symptoms or is feeling ill, stay home, avoid public spaces, and call your healthcare provider early on. This virus presents itself as 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 (SAGA - 206-442-2023 or firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 are taking 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.
Additionally, our community is prepared to alter our procedures and plans as the situation changes. The CDC has advised schools and businesses to be prepared in case these organizations need to limit interaction between large gatherings of people in the interest of public health. We will utilize email, text alerts, the SAGA website, and the SAGA Facebook page if we need to communicate urgent news.
For families who may be traveling around the United States or abroad, please refer to the
CDC's Travelers' Health page
and follow appropriate safety precautions while traveling and after you return. If you develop any flu-like symptoms, call your local hospital immediately to advise them of your travel history and your symptoms, and continue to advise them when you arrive at the hospital to ensure you receive the proper care.
It is important to remember that handling the spread of a serious contagion like 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
- 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