Sibley, Iowa — A school nurse in Osceola County is reminding parents who are planning on traveling over spring break — that the pandemic isn’t over, and there are things to keep in mind if you plan to travel.
Sibley-Ocheyedan School Nurse Ashley Hensch has sent out a letter to parents containing some information and recommendations that most health care providers would support.
Hensch advises families not to travel if anyone in their household is ill. She says parents and guardians should be aware that traveling increases their risk of contracting COVID-19 due to increased exposure to those outside of your household while eating at restaurants, being in activities with crowds, etc.
Hensch says people should consider wearing a mask and maintaining social distance, avoiding crowds, especially indoors, carrying hand sanitizer and washing hands often, and even choosing less risky options such as driving instead of mass transit such and planes and trains. She also says she would advise people to take food out instead of dining in.
According to Hensch, upon folks’ return from travel, Sibley-Ocheyedan will be following CDC and IDPH guidelines as far as isolation and quarantine.
In addition to travel, Hensch reminds people to continue to encourage their children to use cloth masks when necessary in school to help reduce the demand for disposable masks as well as the waste.