LATEST INFO ON CORONAVIRUS
School, Workplace, Home and Public Safety Tips
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LCSS recognizes your concerns about the encroaching spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and its potential impact on schools. Information is key. Here is the latest on the Coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At this time, while there is no antiviral treatment that attacks the coronavirus, individuals are being treated with pain relievers, cough syrup and other medications for the symptoms. So, it is important that we rely on prevention, as we did with the "swine flu" (H1N1) in 2009.
As we await guidance from the CDC on specific strategies for schools, we will follow common-sense strategies for preventing the spread of communicable diseases.
Practice social distancing when ill
Ask parents to keep children home who exhibit cold and flu-like symptoms
Encourage staff to refrain from coming to work if they have cold and flu-like symptoms
Encourage all students to keep unwashed hands out of their mouths, eyes, etc
Encourage all students to use soap
Classroom | School Level
Have teachers review hand-washing techniques with students
Discourage the sharing of food
Encourage maintenance and classroom staff to use antibacterial products on all high-touch surfaces daily
Increase frequency of school building cleaning by maintenance staff and upgrade via the use of more effective cleaning products
System | District Level
Provide clear and transparent communication to the community especially around any suspected or confirmed cases
Ensure that school nurses are vigilant in monitoring the student body, especially in cases where students exhibit symptoms associated with the virus
Establish a process for determining whether students are contracting the virus and a system for reporting updates to health officials
Share overall school strategies for dealing with the spread of the virus should school/district be impacted
Currently, public health officials are not recommending the use of masks or gloves in public settings
At this time, federal health authorities are not recommending that schools cancel classes
Take action without stigmatizing any students/families/populations
While the Coronavirus news is concerning, it is important to point out that there are other respiratory viruses like influenza currently circulating in schools. Fever, coughing and difficulty breathing are symptoms associated with all of them. Therefore, anyone exhibiting these symptoms should not be assumed to have COVID-19.