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Mar 12 - Covid Information

By Mike, 03/12/20, 4:00PM CDT

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March 12, 2020

Dear Twisters Families, 

I’m writing to provide an update regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our primary focus is for the health and wellness of our students, staff and community. We have continued to closely monitor the situation through the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Twisters will remain open and offer our programs as scheduled. We want to offer a safe place for our families and continue to provide a positive and healthy environment. With that said, we also will be flexible with make ups should you want to take a week or so off to see how things play out.

We have also taken a closer look at our program and due to questions and concerns surrounding Coronavirus, have made the decision to make a few changes to our policies. As this public health situation continues to evolve, we will adjust our plan, as needed.

According to public health officials, the way COVID-19 is spread is very similar to the flu and common colds. For this reason, we are encouraging our students and staff to actively wash their hands multiple times throughout the day and take all the same precautions they would normally take to avoid these illnesses.

We are also implementing the following policies to help keep our Twisters family healthy:

  • All students and staff will be required to wash their hands prior to entering the gym. This includes if they leave and reenter.
  • We will continue to make hand sanitizer available in several locations.
  • Aside from cleaning the public areas regularly, we will make Clorox wipes available for customers who want to wipe down tables and seating areas.
  • While we will continue to disinfect the fountains, we recommend you send your student with a water bottle instead of using the drinking fountains. We will put signage on the drinking fountains.

We continue to recommend the following simple, everyday habits to help prevent the spread of illness:

  • As always, staff, parents, and students should stay home if they are feeling ill, have a fever, or are exhibiting flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath. 
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Use your own water bottle - do not share.
  • Cover a cough. Cough or sneeze into an elbow or use a tissue and place Immediately in the trash. Wash hands immediately.

We will continue to follow public health recommendations and will send students home when they are ill. We ask that parents not send children to TCT when they are ill.

Please rely on updates posted to the Minnesota Department of Health website:  https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html or the CDC website:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html for the most accurate and timely information on the virus. You can also call the MDH COVID-19 Hotline at 651-201-5414.

Thank you for your support and understanding as we work through this international health challenge. We will be relying heavily on guidance from MDH and CDC and will do our very best to make good decisions for our students and staff based on their recommendations. As new information comes forward, we will continue to update you as needed.

Mike Hunger
Director