FAQs about COVID-19

  •  UPDATED: March 13, 2020 @ 12 p.m.

    Information surrounding COVID-19 continues to be ever-changing. Here are BISD's latest FAQs on this topic. 

    1. What are the best practices for staying healthy?

    - Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds — a good rule of thumb: singing Happy Birthday twice takes approximately 20 seconds.
    - Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
    - Avoid contact with people who are sick.
    - Stay home while sick and avoid close contact with others.
    - Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash hands.
    - Other ways to stay healthy include:- Get plenty of sleep, Exercise regularly, Drink plenty of fluids, Eat nutritious foods, Manage stress levels

    2. Why aren’t you closing schools as a preemptive measure?
    We have. As of 3/11/20, all BISD schools are closed through at least April 24, 2020. 

    3.Will the missed days need to be made up later in the year? How will graduation be impacted?
    OSPI states
    : If a school district is required to or elects to close schools in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, districts should make every effort to make up for the missed time. Once a district has made efforts to make up for the missed time, they will be expected to submit an application for an emergency waiver. OSPI will waive school days and instructional hours for school districts that close schools due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

    As for graduation, OSPI states: It is our expectation that districts will maintain their graduation timelines. 

    4. Would you notify the BISD community if a student or staff member has been diagnosed with COVID-19? What if a close family member of a student or staff has been diagnosed?
    We would work with our local health districts regarding this and would follow privacy laws.

    5. Are BISD-sponsored athletics and clubs canceled?
    BISD-sponsored afternoon clubs and BISD sports are canceled. 

    6. My student is worried about COVID-19. Are there any resources to help ease the worries? 

    With news of COVID-19 saturating the media and on the minds of many, it’s hard to avoid the subject. Here are some good resources on helping children process what is happening in the world.

    Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus 

    Talking With Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

    A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus

    Please remind students and others that the viruses don’t discriminate, and neither should we. 
    This brochure has great talking points regarding COVID-19 and how we can help spread facts, not fear.  

    7. How can I stay up to date?
    ​​​​​​​The situation surrounding COVID-19 is changing rapidly. If new information emerges that pertains to BISD, we will share the information using our regular channels. We will also post information to this page on our website https://bit.ly/2vEFa38

    Here are some great resources that are updated frequently: