COVID-19 PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE
In our efforts to keep our students, staff, and families informed with the latest information on COVID-19 or Coronavirus, please use this page as a reference for district communications regarding COVID-19 and other helpful resources.
This global health event impacts us all. It requires us to take careful precautions and to follow the advice provided by public health experts.
DISTRICT COMMUNICATIONS REGARDING COVID-19
PRECAUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
The district is taking a number of precautions to minimize the risk to our students, staff, and families:
- We are asking all of our families to monitor their student’s health, as well as their own. If their child is sick with flu-like symptoms, fever, cough, or shortness of breath, we are recommending that parents and guardians seek medical treatment and keep the child home from school. We are also asking staff and visitors to follow these same precautions.
- Our staff follows daily procedures and works diligently to clean our schools thoroughly with hospital grade disinfectant, which kills viruses and decontamination cleaning systems that sanitize both hard and soft surfaces killing viruses and bacteria.
- We will continue to be in communication with KDHE and our local health department regarding any decisions concerning school closure.
We encourage all students, staff and community members to follow these recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. School staff have access to preventive products like disposable wipes and hand sanitizer to use throughout the day to stop the spread of germs. District custodial staff utilize hospital-grade disinfectants and decontamination cleaning systems that sanitize both hard and soft surfaces killing viruses and bacteria.
- Stay home when you are sick except to get medical care. Children who are ill should remain home until they are fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of medication.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
The district understands that parents may choose to keep their students at home while our schools remain open. The absence will not count toward truancy, but will be designated as a non-illness absence. It is the responsibility of the students to contact the teachers to try to keep up with work during the absence.
- Center for Disease Control (CDC)
- CDC: COVID-19 FAQ
- CDC: What you need to know about COVID-19
- CDC: What to do if you are sick
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Kansas Department of Health and Environment
- Kansas State Department of Education
- Bourbon County Public Health
- Kansas State High School Activities Association