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Information on the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)
Dear Seymour Community Schools’ Family,
We want to share with you updates to our plans and guidance for family and staff with regards to the global outbreak of COVID-19. SCSC is working closely with the Jackson County Health Department and Emergency Management as well as Schneck Medical Center to monitor the situation. As with all illnesses, handwashing is the most effective way to stop the spread. Please remind your students to wash their hands thoroughly (for at least 20 seconds) and to practice good hygiene. Our custodial staff diligently cleans and disinfects surfaces throughout each school building on a daily basis.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Symptoms
COVID-19 is a virus that causes respiratory illness. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many species of animals. The symptoms of COVID-19 appear to be similar to the seasonal influenza. These symptoms can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and may be mild to severe, just like influenza.
How COVID-19 Spreads
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person
The virus can also spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Good hygiene practices are the best way to prevent the spread of any kind of illness:
We have added steps and increased the frequency of our already-thorough cleaning processes. Custodians will work to sanitize public surfaces, throughout the day, instead of just at the conclusion of the day. We are also increasing the frequency of cleaning in our classrooms, lunchrooms, and school buses.
What happens if SCSC has to close school?
What is the plan for extra-curricular activities?
How should I protect myself and my family?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
What should I tell my student who is worried about COVID-19?
We are seeing students who are feeling anxious about COVID-19. They are looking to adults for guidance on how to react. We can reassure them that the school and their family are working hard to help them stay healthy and stop the spread of germs. The National Association of School Psychologists has developed a document for parents (available below and at this link) with some tips for parents, including:
Please understand that this is an incredibly fluid situation and as such communication will be fluid as well. As information becomes available from state and local officials, we will make educationally related decisions accordingly and will deliver it to families as soon as possible using our traditional methods such as local news media, radio, School Messenger, social media and school websites.
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