Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 2:55 a.m.
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What is a "Stay at Home" Order?
On Monday, March 23, Governor Jay Inslee issued Proclamation 20-25 - Stay Home - Stay Healthy.
In order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, all people in Washington State are prohibited from leaving their home or place of residence except when:
- Obtaining necessary supplies and services such as going to the grocery store or taking family members or pets to medical services.
- Engaging in outdoor exercise activities such as walking, hiking, running, biking, walking dogs, or biking, but only if appropriate social distancing practices are used.
- Employed in essential business services as identified in the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers list.
What school areas are open to the public?
We want to make sure everyone has a place outside to get exercise, but, at the same time, we need to ensure the health and safety of our community as well as protect equipment that could be costly to repair or replace.
For example, let's look at Woodland High School: anything inside a fence will remain closed which includes the football field and track, baseball fields, and similar areas. However, the bark trail, shot put area, and javelin area on the grassy area by our church neighbors are open.
Basically, anywhere with grass and outside of fenced areas will be open on our schools' campuses. We want you to be able to get outside, get fresh air, and get exercise.
Unfortunately, any grounds with expensive surfaces (the artificial turf and track at the high school, for example) or playgrounds and stadiums (surfaces can become easily infected and spread COVID-19) must remain closed for public safety.
We appreciate your understanding and hope you can find some time to get out and enjoy the fresh air (while following social distancing guidelines, of course).
Why are some school grounds closed to the public?
The district has closed areas of our schools' grounds to protect the public and help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus.
A study from the New England Journal of Medicine released on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 indicates that the COVID-19 virus lives on surfaces for days, not hours. In light of this new information, Woodland Public Schools was advised to shut down all public access to school grounds with playground or other equipment as there is no practical way to ensure the surfaces are properly disinfected after each and every use.
Clark County officials are implementing similar protections at parks and trails throughout the county. Read this article for more details about how Clark County is helping prevent the spread of COVID-19.
We appreciate your support and cooperation in this unprecedented fight to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the vulnerable populations in our community.