Coronavirus Update: Basic Illness Prevention

March 5th, 2020

Along with other schools, Trinitas is receiving frequent updates on COVID-19 from Kent ISD, the Kent County Health Department, and state and federal agencies. We are following the CDC guidance for schools, much of which applies to all respiratory infectious disease (e.g., seasonal influenza).

At this time, we would like your help on some proactive steps. First and foremost, please keep your children home when they are sick. Students who exhibit any symptoms of illness (fever of more than 100°F, headache, fatigue, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea) should not be sent to school until their condition has been monitored for a minimum of 24 hours. Before they may return to class, students must be without fever (100°F) or signs of a fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines. They should stay home even if they are using antiviral drugs.

Please help us teach basic illness prevention:
1. Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) when soap and water are not available.
2. Do not share personal items (i.e., food, drink, utensils).
3. Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
4. Cover noses and mouths with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or a shirt sleeve or elbow if no tissue is available).

In addition to teaching and taking time to allow for the above proactive behaviors, we are disinfecting common surfaces on a regularly scheduled basis.We will continue to review information and school-specific recommendations provided by the CDC and adopt best practices.

All schools are being told that if local officials report cases of COVID-19 in the area, decisions about closing should be done on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the local health department. Guidance may vary from school to school and from one district to the next. For more information, visit For local updates, visit the Kent County Health Department.