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Plans for potential COVID-19 outbreak
Plans for potential COVID-19 outbreak
Robert Collins
Wednesday, March 11, 2020


 USD 322

Onaga-Havensville-Wheaton

 

 

March 10, 2020

RE: Plans for potential COVID-19 outbreak

USD 322 is working closely with the Pottawatomie County Health Department regarding plans and monitoring of the COVID-19 virus. The school district will take direction and guidance from the health department on the response measures; however, the district is preparing by taking the following actions:

  • Due to the high rate of influenza this season in our schools, precautions are currently being taken to prevent the spread of influenza including communicating with staff and parents of students who attend schools with high rates of influenza as well as providing recommendations on how to control the spread of illness and what to do when you are sick as directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. School staff members 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.
  • An increase in hygiene reminders for students including hand washing before and after meals and covering noses and mouths when sneezing.
  • If the health department recommends the cancellation of mass gatherings, the district will consider what activities need to be canceled and communicate with parents and students. 
  • The district is exploring the use of 1:Learner devices as a way to conduct virtual learning including options for families who do not have access to stable wi-fi.
  • The Nurse Coordinator for the district has attended and will continue to attend planning and informational meetings with the health department.
  • Also, in accordance with district policy, a crisis intervention plan exists to help school district administrators and faculty deal effectively with crises that could interfere with the normal daily operation of the school.
  • The District Nurse Coordinator maintains checklists provided by the CDC and the KDHE to be utilized for pandemic planning which we are reviewing.
  •   In the event that the health department recommends the closing of schools, the district will communicate with parents utilizing the normal methods of communication.
  • USD 322 is working closely with the Pottawatomie County Health Department regarding plans and monitoring of the COVID-19 virus. The school district will take direction and guidance from the health department on the response measures; however, the district is preparing by taking the following actions:
  • Due to the high rate of influenza this season in our schools, precautions are currently being taken to prevent the spread of influenza including communicating with staff and parents of students who attend schools with high rates of influenza as well as providing recommendations on how to control the spread of illness and what to do when you are sick as directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. School staff members 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.
  • An increase in hygiene reminders for students including hand washing before and after meals and covering noses and mouths when sneezing.
  • If the health department recommends the cancellation of mass gatherings, the district will consider what activities need to be canceled and communicate with parents and students.
  • The district is exploring the use of 1:Learner devices as a way to conduct virtual learning including options for families who do not have access to stable wi-fi.
  • The Nurse Coordinator for the district has attended and will continue to attend planning and informational meetings with the health department.
  • Also, in accordance with district policy, a crisis intervention plan exists to help school district administrators and faculty deal effectively with crises that could interfere with the normal daily operation of the school.
  • The District Nurse Coordinator maintains checklists provided by the CDC and the KDHE to be utilized for pandemic planning which we are reviewing.
  • In the event that the health department recommends the closing of schools, the district will communicate with parents utilizing the normal methods of communication.