Ruby Van Meter and COVID-19

Ruby Van Meter staff will be spending additional time each day wiping down common areas in classrooms, including door handles, phones, tables, chairs, and countertops.
We will also do as much as we can to keep students from putting things in their mouths, touching their eyes, ears, nose, face, etc. Staff will wash, wash, wash our hands!!
Here are some tips from the DMPS Nursing Department for us as well as for families:
With Coronavirus in our midst, the following actions are highly effective in reducing the spread of the virus. Let’s do our best to protect ourselves and our vulnerable populations.
  1. Wash hands with soap for 10-20 seconds OFTEN. Very often.
  2. Don’t shake hands or high-five. Use elbow bumps or jazz hands.
  3. Use your elbow or knuckle to touch light switches, elevator or door-opening buttons. Lift gas pump with paper towel or sandwich bag.
  4. Open doors with elbow, closed fist or hip- do not grasp handles.
  5. Disinfect frequently touched objects such as door, fridge and microwave handles, light switches, faucet handles, elevator and door-opening buttons, phones.
  6. Keep sanitizer in your car to use when you can’t wash hands.
  7. Cough/sneeze into a tissue and throw away, then wash hands.
  8. Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth. That’s how the virus enters the body.
  9. Stay home when sick.
  10. Most germs are picked up when we touch objects, unless you are directly sneezed or coughed on. Washing hands is proven to be the most effective thing to reduce viral transmission. Wash your hands like you just ate a whole bag of Cheetos and are going to knit with pure white yarn!

CLICK HERE for updated information on Des Moines Public School’s response to the COVID-19 virus.

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