School Coronavirus-19 Prevention Measures

SCHOOL CORONAVIRUS-19

Prevention Measures

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As you know, the United States is experiencing an outbreak of a respiratory illness called Coronavirus COVID-19. The symptoms of this virus include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, with possible pneumonia. Exposure to this illness comes from travel to affected areas or direct contact with someone who has the virus. With this rapidly evolving situation, we are following guidance from the Alabama Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We are implementing the following guidelines to give our students, staff, and parents the highest level of precaution and preventable measures from public health experts.


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School Prevention Measures Administration, Teachers and Staff

  • Will  provide time for all students to wash their hands upon arrival to school, before lunch, and after using the restroom.
  • Will clean specific areas in the classroom to include desktops, doorknobs, tables, etc.
  • Will reinforce standard precautions and advise students to refrain from touching their face, nose, or mouth, and to cough or sneeze into their elbow or a tissue.

Handwashing is the most effective way to prevent the spread of this virus and should be done with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  

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Will prioritize cleaning specific areas several times a day. This includes bathrooms, common spaces, door handles, etc.  

  • Will keep soap containers fully stocked in bathrooms and in classrooms where sinks are available.    
  • Classrooms should be stocked with hand sanitizer that contains 60% isopropyl alcohol, disinfectant wipes, and tissues.

Staying Home Sick: Students and Staff

  • If a student or staff member has a fever, coughing, and/or difficulty breathing, they should stay home and contact their health care provider and the school.    
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  • Current Fever Policy- Students who have a fever should stay home until they have been fever-free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication.  We are keeping the 24 hour policy in place until further notice.  In areas where coronavirus is actively circulating, public health officials are recommending 72 hours.  

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Students and Staff experiencing symptoms at school

  • WIll be immediately quarantined in an area and monitored by a staff member until a family member or emergency contact picks up the student.
  • Will be asked to leave school immediately and contact their health care provider. 

Quarantine:

     Self-quarantine:  anyone being self-quarantined should stay home and away from others. They should self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 including daily temperature checks, the quarantine should last 14 days. If symptoms develop, contact your healthcare provider.

Who Should Quarantine

  • Recent travelers to countries currently with widespread or ongoing community spread (e.g., China, Iran, Italy, South Korea).  The following website has up-to-date information regarding this activity:

 

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