Coronavirus Information

Updated March 8, 2020

University Place School District is working closely with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD) regarding the coronavirus, also called COVID-19.  With information changing daily, we encourage families to stay informed with current and reliable resources at the links below: 

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
Washington State Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control
DOH - Guidance for Persons Who are at Higher Risk for Serious Illness
Viruses Don't Discriminate and Neither Should We
Talking to Children About COVID-19

What can I do to protect my family’s health?
It’s cold and flu season, and you can take simple steps to prevent illness. Building healthy habits will also help protect you if we have local coronavirus cases in the future.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. 

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash hands.

  • Limit contact with people who are actively sick with coughing, sneezing and other symptoms.

  • Stay home from school and work when sick. If your child has a fever of 100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer, they should not come to school. Please contact your healthcare provider if experiencing fever, cough, or respiratory difficulty as described in the attached infographic: COVID Infographic.pdf


Frequently asked questions

What should I do if I have symptoms of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and have not been around anyone who has been diagnosed?
Please refer to guidance from the Washington State Department of Health: 
https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/COVIDconcerned.pdf

What should I do if I was potentially exposed to someone with confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19)?
Please refer to guidance from the Washington State Department of Health: 
https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/COVIDexposed.pdf

What should I do if I have confirmed or suspected coronavirus disease (COVID-19)?
Please refer to guidance from the Washington State Department of Health: 
https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/COVIDcasepositive.pdf

Should I wear a mask to protect myself?
The CDC doesn't recommend wearing a mask to protect yourself from COVID-19 unless a healthcare provider asks you to do so. If you're sick and need to visit a healthcare organization, call ahead. Wear a mask if you go.