1. The school district is closely monitoring the spread of the coronavirus and is making the necessary preparations in case the COVID-19 becomes more prevalent in our community. For now, there have been no indications of a coronavirus outbreak, but that could change as time goes on.
2. We all play a role in reducing the likelihood of a coronavirus outbreak in our schools' community. We encourage everyone to practice good habits, including:
--Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Wash for 20 seconds, using soap and hot water. Be sure to also wash your fingertips.
--Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, and then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm.
--As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
--If children are feeling sick, please keep them home from school. Allow them some time to feel better so that they do not risk infecting others.
3. We will continue to communicate with you in the days and weeks to come. It is possible that we may need to cancel classes if it appears the coronavirus has affected our community in a significant way.
4. For comparative purposes. As of March 4, there were 127 cases of flu in Richland County with one death; at the national level there were about 322,010 cases of the flu with 22,691 deaths. Those statistics compare to 127,863 cases of coronavirus worldwide with 4,719 deaths (68,310 recovered), and in the United States, 1,323 coronavirus cases with 38 deaths.
5. Influenza and coronavirus are serious health issues that dictate vigilance in personal hygiene habits and abiding by health alerts and recommendations from our local health professionals.
Monte Silk, Superintendent (Sources: The Donavan Group and Richland County Health Department)