Nurse Nash regarding Coronavirus

VWSD and its vendor partner, ABM, are taking ongoing precautionary steps to sanitize and disinfect facilities. ABM will be taking extra sanitizing measures in all facilities over spring break to decrease risks to students and staff. Parents are encouraged to wash all backpacks and jackets over spring break. 


I just wanted to address several questions I've been asked regarding the Flu which includes the Coronavirus (2019-CoV). The most important point to understand is that researchers are still learning about the Coronavirus and ways that this new virus is transmitted. In the meantime, the best advice based on CDC recommendations is to:

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly regularly throughout the day.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  3. Avoid contact with people who are sick and
  4. Instruct students to sneeze or cough into their elbow if a tissue and handwashing is not available.  

This advice will help protect you and the students from a whole host of infections, including 2019-CoV.

I also want to address face masks and facial respirators for the flu. If a child has the flu or a communicable infection then they shouldn't be in school. A person with an immunity deficiency that requires a mask,  probably needs to be isolated from other people and a doctor's order would be needed if a face mask is required. A face mask would cause a distraction to other students and is not a health necessity at this time.


Cyndee Nash

Cynthia F. Nash, RN, BSN, NCSN
VWSD Nursing Coordinator / RMS Coordinator