1.What is COVID-19?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
2. How does COVID-19 spread?
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
3. How does COVID-19 affect children?
Children are at extremely low risk from COVID-19. In particular, those under the age of 15 are at much greater risk from the seasonal flu.
While children, including very young children, can develop COVID-19, many of them have no symptoms. Those that do get sick tend to experience milder symptoms such as low-grade fever, fatigue, and cough. Some children have had severe complications, but this has been very rare.
Children do not appear to be transmitting the disease to adults. In numerous studies of small groups, family settings, and in schools, studies show that transmission from children appears to be minimal, if anything.
4. How is Lancaster Baptist School responding to COVID-19?
During the spring semester, LBS announced a number of adjustments to campus operations, including extending Spring Break for a week and resuming classes Wednesday, March 25, strictly in an online environment through the end of the spring semester.
To continue to slow down community spread of COVID-19, when in public, continued social/physical distancing (at least six feet away from others) and wearing a face covering, if possible, are highly encouraged.
On-campus services are currently limited to essential services such as summer school and office related needs.
LBS has a COVID-19 Task Force comprised of the members of the school leadership team and LBC executive team. The task force is working in conjunction with local health officials, legal counsel, and other private schools in order to make informed decisions and develop policies and procedures for safe return to campus in the fall.
5. What happens if Lancaster Baptist School has a suspected/positive case of COVID-19?
The school has in place enhanced stay home/send home standards in order to prevent illness coming to school. The school has in a place an outbreak management plan and will follow the protocols in place in conjunction with the L.A. County Public Health Department and guidance from the CDC if there is a suspected and/or positive case on our campus.
If there is a positive case, individuals identified as having had potential exposure to COVID-19 cases will be directly notified by public health officials in coordination with the L.A. County Public Health Department.
7. What steps should parents take to protect children during a community outbreak of COVID-19?
There is not lot of illness in children from COVID-19. Most illness, including serious illness, is happening in adults of working age and older adults. However, children do get the virus and become ill.
Teach and enforce healthy hygiene habits with your children. Be sure they know how to wash their hands properly and cover their coughs and sneezes.
Know the symptoms of COVID-19 and monitor your children for them. If your child develops symptoms, speak to a your medical provider for advice.
Know your school's stay home/send home standards for illness. If your child has any of the symptoms, keep them home from school.
If your child/children become sick with COVID-19, notify their childcare facility or school.