What LCPS is doing at school
As incidents of the conoravirus grow in the United States, so do concerns about the virus. Your concerns are valid. We all need to pay attention to this health threat and take precautions that will keep us safer. Please be assured that our schools have procedures in place to protect against the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, and other viral infections like influenza. District and school administrators are monitoring the outbreak and getting the assistance of local and state public health experts in developing responsive policies and procedures. These policies and procedures are likely to evolve as the COVID-19 challenge continues, but here are steps your schools are taking now:
Schools have increased the scope and frequency of cleaning in areas where germ transmission is most likely, such as stair handrails, door knobs and flat surfaces.
Bus drivers are regularly wiping down seats and frequently touched surfaces with a commercial disinfectant.
Teachers, as always this time of year, are emphasizing thorough hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes and staying home when sick — practices they are adhering to themselves.
School-related travel by students and staff is being assessed according to the level of risk at the planned destination.
What you can do at home
Practicing good hygiene has never been more important. These common-sense tips and resources will help you learn about steps you can take to decrease the chances that germs will spread:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others.
- Stay home when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading the disease to others.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
- Clean your hands. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Here, from the CDC, are tips on thorough handwashing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.
- Practice good health habits: clean frequently touched surfaces, get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious foods.
If you travel outside of North Carolina for spring break, please monitor yourself for the following symptoms: fever 100.4 or greater, sore throat, cough. If you develop any of these symptoms, call your health care provider for guidance.