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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 State Department Coronavirus Guidance
State Department Coronavirus Guidance

Elmore County Public Schools System-wide Announcement

March 11, 2020

 

From Richard Dennis, Superintendent of Elmore County Public Schools:

 

Report cards will be distributed Thursday, March 12, to all students. There will be a Technology Survey for Parents and Family Members sent with report cards. The purpose of this survey is to evaluate student access to technology and the internet at home. This information will be used for planning in the event of inclement weather or other emergency attendance issues. Please sign and return the survey to school with your child on Friday.

 

Additionally, please be aware that Elmore County Public Schools are monitoring the current Coronavirus that is spreading in the U. S. On Tuesday, March 10, Dr. Eric Mackey, State Superintendent of Education, along with Dr. Scott Harris, State Health Officer with the Alabama Department of Public Health, issued guidelines Alabama schools are to follow regarding this public health crisis. These steps will be posted on the Elmore County Public Schools website. We ask that anyone taking extended travels, especially in areas that have been impacted by the virus, to please notify the administrator of your child’s school. We are committed to all necessary measures to reduce the transfer of this virus in our area.

 

Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

 

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Alabama State Department of Education Recommended Procedures to Monitor Novel Coronavirus

 

State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris, EMA Director Brian Hastings, and Dr. Eric Mackey, State Superintendent of Education, hosted a press conference to update the public about plans related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Although things are changing rapidly, here are some salient points:

1.       Cancel any overseas travel for students or staff for at least the remainder of this school year. Monitor the situation to any foreign country utilizing guidance from the US State Department for summer travel, etc.

2.       If a case of coronavirus (COVID-19) is confirmed in a school community (student, staff, volunteer, etc.), the ALSDE will in cooperation with ADPH and the Elmore County School System, cancel school for 24-48 hours at that facility. During that time, the ALSDE will assess the situation and let ADPH make further recommendations for action.

3.       Clarification for 24/72 hours. Elmore County Public Schools policies say that students who have had fever should stay home until they have been fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication. In areas where the virus is actively circulating, public health officials are recommending 72 hours. However, at this time you may continue to utilize the 24 hours rule until further notice.

4.       If the Elmore County Public Schools become aware of a confirmed case in the school community, administrators will notify Suzanne Ragan, Elmore County Lead Nurse, who will notify Jennifer Ventress at the ALSDE.

5.       Dr. Harris and ADPH will be doing weekly updates and they will be updating the ADPH school website on a regular basis. http://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/infectiousdiseases/cov-schools.html

6.       Also, look for regular correspondence from the ALSDE and Elmore County Public Schools as the situation changes.