We are aware that the Meridian School District has made a decision to cancel school for Tuesday, March 10 and Wednesday, March 11 because they are concerned about novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Closing schools when there has not been a confirmed case in a student or staff member is not currently recommended by the Whatcom County Health Department. Our recommendations for school closures have not changed at this time.
Though this closure is not necessary from a public health point of view, we know that school districts act out of extra special caution when they are protecting children. Schools know their community best and are in charge of making decisions about their school.
We value our school partnerships and will continue to be in communication with Meridian School District to provide support and guidance.
For most cases, COVID-19 is a mild illness that does not require hospital care. We cannot eliminate COVID-19, but we can limit its spread by washing hands with soap and water frequently, avoiding touching our face (mouth, nose, eyes), staying home when sick until the illness is resolved, covering coughs and sneezes with tissue and washing hands after, and staying away from others who are ill.