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Health & Safety Update from Head of School

Dear Northland Family, 

This is a short but important update on a few things related to the security and health of our campus. Please be sure to read this message in its entirety.

SAFETY & SECURITY

The Fire Marshall returned to our campus on January 27, and I’m happy to report that all areas passed. Not only that, but the Fire Marshall was extremely complimentary of our campus safety plan and our responsiveness to their previous suggestions. Northland’s emergency preparedness program is the best it has ever been. 

We continue to hold regular fire, weather, and lockdown drills. We also have a detection dog from Interquest Detection Canines conduct random searches of our campus. These dogs are specially trained to detect drugs, gun powder, tobacco, and alcohol.

It is our aim to continue creating a safe and worry-free environment for our students and teachers. 

CORONAVIRUS

The CDC has issued a warning this week that it is a matter of when not if COVID-19 (the coronavirus that originated in January) will begin spreading in the United States; however, at this time there is no known threat to our campus or to the Houston area.

There are currently 14 confirmed cases of independently-contracted COVID-19: 12 that are travel-related and 2 from person-to-person spread. 39 U.S. citizens who contracted the virus overseas (36 on a cruise ship, 3 from Wuhan, China) are currently in isolation on U.S. soil. While the numbers are still very small at this time, we have seen how quickly cases can spread.

To ensure that Northland is prepared for any eventuality, we are closely monitoring CDC updates and are in daily contact with the Harris County Health Department. Our administrative team is working on an action plan to continue school online if the COVID-19 virus spreads to Houston and we are required to close our campus for a period of time.

For now, school will continue as normal, but we will closely monitor the situation and will notify all Northland families immediately if anything changes. 

Like normal cold/flu precautions, the CDC recommends preventive actions to limit the spread of respiratory illnesses and as the best course of action against contracting COVID-19. Please continue to guide your students in these procedures below, so that the risk of any illnesses spreading among Northland students remains low:

  • Avoid close contact. Encourage your students to avoid close contact with people who are sick (and to keep their distance from others if they think they may be getting sick)

  • Don’t come to school. Keep your child home from school if they experience cold/flu symptoms. This will help prevent them spreading their illness to others.

  • Cover their mouth and nose. Make sure your child knows to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.

  • Clean their hands. Wash hands often, using soap and water, scrubbing for a minimum of 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

  • Practice other good health habits. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Make sure your child gets plenty of sleep, is physically active, drinks plenty of fluids, and eats nutritious food.

Sincerely,

David Pruett
Head of School

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