Important Notice to Parents about Gastrointestinal Illness

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PARENTS

The Early College of Arvada has noticed an increase of gastrointestinal illness within the past week. This letter is to notify you of the current situation and discuss measures taken to control further spread of illness. In an effort to keep your child and family healthy, we ask that you carefully read and follow the following control measures.

CONTROL MEASURES

At the School: We have asked the school to be very careful with hand washing and sanitizing restrooms and any other surfaces frequently touched by children. By keeping hands clean, the chance of spreading disease is reduced. We have also asked that children and teachers who have experienced diarrhea and/or vomiting stay home until they have had no symptoms for at least 48 hours.

At Home: We ask that you work with your family to wash hands after going to the bathroom or before handling anything that may come in contact with the mouth. Hands should also be thoroughly washed after changing diapers, using the restroom, before meals, and before preparing food for others. By doing this you will keep your family healthy.
We also suggest that you disinfect any surfaces that have been contaminated with diarrhea and/or vomit. The recommended concentration of bleach water is 1 cup bleach per gallon (16 cups) of water. This concentration is considered toxic, so after a five-minute contact time, the area should be rinsed with water and dried with a paper towel. It is also recommended that if a child vomits, the family clear the area for a few minutes and clean with the concentration of bleach described above. Viral particles of the illness can be released in the vomit and breathing in the viral particles can cause illness.

Other things you can do: Your child should also not attend school if they are ill with vomiting and/or diarrhea and until they are symptom free for 48 hours. If you take your child to another group setting you may spread the disease to other children.

If you or someone in your family is ill with diarrhea and/or vomiting and works, either paid or as a volunteer, in food service, medical setting, or child care setting, please notify Tri-County Health Department immediately. If you are ill with vomiting and/or diarrhea you should not go to work.

FINAL COMMENTS

The Early College of Arvada has been in contact with Tri-County Health Department to help control the spread of diarrheal and vomiting illnesses and we sincerely hope you will do the same. Thank you for your cooperation. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact, Jennifer Chase at 720-200-1541.

The school has been disinfected with SNiPER in order to alleviate the virus and protect the students.