|It appears that some of our schools may be on a collision course with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). With the continued spread of the virus in the US, it is now time for school administrators to develop a contingency plan in the event a school shutdown must be conducted in the coming months. Firstly, we want to encourage you to access up-to-date information and resources from the state’s department of health website or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
This virus is spread mostly through contact from an infected individual and transmitted by coughing and sneezing. Common symptoms include fever, coughing, shortness of breath, and lower and upper respiratory issues. It is more likely to occur in the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.
If there is an individual with a suspected case of COVID-19, there are protocols in place with ALL health care providers and practitioners:
- Immediately contact your health care practitioner or any local hospital. ANY local hospital is equipped to handle COVID-19.
- Individuals will be evaluated at any local hospital, and tests will be sent to the CDC for evaluation.
- The goal is containment to stop any transmission.
It is currently flu season, and the health department recommends getting a flu vaccine, taking everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed. We encourage you to continue to stress these common guidelines with all members of the school community, students, staff and parents:
- If you are sick, stay home.
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
- Carry and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Call ahead before visiting your doctor.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Monitor your symptom
Please see this helpful flier from the CDC related to handwashing and the use of alcohol-based sanitizer.
Schools should also consider the possibility of digital days of instruction when possible in the event of mass quarantine.