CORONAVIRUS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Coronavirus: What You Need to Know
Please be aware that our district is taking a proactive approach in dealing with the Coronavirus disease. While there are no reported cases currently in our local area, our district has gathered information about the virus and will follow the guidelines provided by DHEC and the CDC.
Please refer to your child’s Chromebook, our district website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to find more information about the virus and other precautionary measures being taken to protect the health and well being of our students and employees.
We will continue to work on emergency plans should the virus spread and force us to close school for any reason. On Thursday, March 12th, your child received an email and survey from us about your access to the internet. This information will help us plan for distance and e-Learning opportunities.
Guidance from Local, State & Federal Health Authorities
Our district will follow the guidelines set by the local, state and federal health authorities who are the experts in keeping our communities safe from public health threats. We will continue to gather and monitor information daily as it is likely to change as this situation develops locally and across the globe.
Extra Precautions in District 50
We are taking extra precautions to limit the spread of germs by daily disinfecting school buses and cafeterias. School custodians have been instructed to wipe down commonly touched surfaces multiple times each day with disinfectant. We have met with district and school administrators and re-emphasized some best practices. These practices include:
- Keeping our soap dispensers full
- Providing tissue and hand sanitizers at all of our schools
- Deep cleaning of high touch areas with appropriate spray disinfectant
Good Hygiene Practices
Please remind your student of the importance of following good hygiene practices that prevent the spread of germs:
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a sleeve or a tissue.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, or use alcohol hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Guidance is changing frequently due to local and global developments. We will communicate updates via email and robocall, on the district website and on our social media platforms.
It is natural to feel apprehensive when facing a challenge like this one. The best thing for that is to be well informed and stay calm. Below are some resources to help you do that.
Poster: Stop the Spread of Germs