Waseca Public Schools strives to provide information to our families as quickly and as accurately as possible. We have created this section in our website for you to use as a resource as information about COVID-19 becomes readily available. If you have any questions about any of the resources provided, or wish to see something added, please contact us by clicking HERE.
Information from a study at Harvard regarding the Cornovirus:
How long can the coronavirus stay airborne?
A study done by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases' Laboratory of Virology in the Division of Intramural Research in Hamilton, Montana helps to answer this question. The researchers used a nebulizer to blow coronaviruses into the air. They found that infectious viruses could remain in the air for up to three hours. The results of the study were published in the New England Journal of Medicine on March 17, 2020.
How long can the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 survive on surfaces?
A recent study found that the COVID-19 coronavirus can survive up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard, and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel. The researchers also found that this virus can hang out as droplets in the air for up to three hours before they fall. But most often they will fall more quickly.
There's a lot we still don't know, such as how different conditions, such as exposure to sunlight, heat, or cold, can affect these survival times.
As we learn more, continue to follow the CDC's recommendations for cleaning frequently touched surfaces and objects every day. These include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.
If surfaces are dirty, first clean them using a detergent and water, then disinfect them. A list of products suitable for use against COVID-19 is available here. This list has been pre-approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use during the COVID-19 outbreak.
In addition, wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water after bringing in packages, or after trips to the grocery store or other places where you may have come into contact with infected surfaces.
A Message From the Palmer Bus Company
A message from the Palmer Bus Service Leadership Team:There is no higher priority to the Palmer Bus Service team than keeping the kids we transport safe. As a proactive measure we are instructing each of our sites to disinfect each of the buses and vans that transport students on a daily basis. Our local site managers will be working with their staff to minimize germs by spraying down the seats and wiping down commonly touched surfaces with household cleaners and disinfectants.We all hope we can help mitigate this virus from spreading any faster than what it already has. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.Sincerely,
Christopher L. Champlin, CPA/CFO
Palmer Bus Service
PO Box 2026
North Mankato, MN 56002
Waseca Public Schools Information and Resources
Child Care/Jay's Nest
Jay's Nest hours will change their hours beginning Thursday. The new hours will be 7am-4pm for students ages 3-12. All district staff who need childcare can have your kids attend the Jays Nest. Please send Nikki Benson an email with the names, ages, etc of your children who will need this service no later than noon tomorrow so we know how many staff will be needed. As of today, there will be no fee for this service.Meals will be served to those in Jays Nest.