Important Information about the Coronavirus

A Message to Our Families and Community About the Coronavirus
Posted on 02/27/2020
Important information about the Coronavirus

We are aware of the concerns of our community and have been following the information and guidelines provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and our Health Department. Our school district has a coronavirus task force in place who are planning and preparing to take immediate action, should an outbreak occur in our area, and they will be keeping our families and community updated with current and accurate information through our district website and social media platforms. Our District website has a webpage dedicated to coronavirus updates and information that is easily accessible from your computer and other electronic devices.  Hard copies of informational flyers from the CDC, along with a cover letter from our superintendent, Dr. Moore, were sent home with every student this past Friday.

We are closely monitoring the health and attendance of our students and staff, and we continue to use our state of the art cleaning technology to keep all surfaces and surroundingInfographic link to pdf text environment in our schools, district buildings, and buses exceptionally clean, to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff members. 

At this time, we are not canceling current or future activities, athletics, or field trips. As we continue to monitor the spread of coronavirus in our state, we will cancel these events if necessary, and advise our families of these cancellations.  We will take every action necessary to keep our students and staff members healthy and distant from affected areas in our state.

We will continue to follow CDC recommendations, and provide mandatory trainings to our administrators, custodial staff, and health aides, to ensure that, districtwide, we are as informed and prepared as possible, to prevent any infection of a respiratory virus.  Our teachers will continue to updates and information to share and put into practice in their classrooms, and will continue to encourage proper hygiene, as they do regularly, each day.

The following tips are important to remember to prevent the spread of a respiratory virus, like coronavirus, which include:

  • 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.
  • Stay home when you have a fever or display signs of illness. 
  • Cough or sneeze into an elbow or use a tissue and place immediately in the trash. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 

If a student or staff member shows respiratory symptoms, our school nurses will follow standard procedures, and work with our families, district departments and the Health Department to properly handle each situation.

Please help to keep our students and staff safe by staying informed, practicing good hygiene, and staying home or keeping children home if they are running a fever or are exhibiting signs of illness. 

The SDIRC encourages families to follow the CDC’s information for travel. We request that parents/guardians notify their school principal if a child or member of their family has been to a country listed on the CDC’s Level 3 Travel Health Notice list and recently returned to our community. Out of an abundance of caution, we request that these children wait for the 14-day incubation period (beginning the day of return to the U.S.) to expire before enrolling in school or returning to school. This is a self-reporting request, not a mandate. These will be excused absences.

If an SDIRC employee, substitute, or a member of their household has been to a country listed on the CDC’s Level 3 Travel Health Notice list and recently returned to our community, they are required to inform their supervisor and follow the 14-day incubation period (beginning the day of return to the U.S.) before coming to work.

Resources:

Download the Coronavirus FAQ Sheet

Download the Coronavirus Flyer 

Coronavirus Disease 2019 Situation Summary from the CDC

Preventing COVID-19 Spread in the Community from the CDC