BCPS stays current on Coronavirus

BCPS stays current on Coronavirus
Posted on 03/04/2020

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

At Burke County Public Schools, we are staying informed about the Coronavirus via regular updates from local, state and national health officials, including the Burke County Health Department, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the Center for Disease Control, as well as education associations, including the School Superintendents Association. As we make plans and review procedures to be prepared, we encourage you to listen to facts and not respond to fears. We are committed to communicating with families, educating about prevention measures and providing a safe and healthy learning environment. Coronavirus symptoms can mimic those of a cold or flu and similar steps can be taken to prevent all three.

Here are helpful links that you can use to stay up-to-date on the virus:

Here are a few things we are doing to be proactive regarding Coronavirus, as well as the flu, colds and other illnesses, to keep students and staff healthy:

  • Teachers are reviewing hand-washing techniques with students.
  • Our nurses are vigilant in monitoring the student body, especially in cases where students exhibit symptoms associated with the virus.
  • Maintenance, cafeteria and custodial staff are using antibacterial products on high-touch surfaces -- including desks, knobs, tables, buses --  daily and frequently cleaning buildings with effective cleaning products labeled specifically for Coronavirus.
  • As a district, we continue to communicating with health officials regularly to stay current on the facts and proven protocols and procedures. We are committed to sharing overall school strategies for dealing with the spread of the virus should our schools be impacted. We also pledge to treat each other with compassion, respect and openness.

Here are some useful tips for you to keep you and your family healthy:

  • Wash your hands with warm water and antibacterial soap for at least 20 seconds. Wash your hands before you eat, after you use the toilet, after coughing or sneezing or blowing your nose, and after petting animals. Warm water and soap are preferred over hand sanitizer.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Throw away used tissues.
  • Don’t touch your face, mouth or nose with unwashed hands.
  • If you are sick, stay home. Students should stay home if they have cold or flu symptoms and not return to school unless they are fever free for 24 hours without medicine. Staff should also stay home if they have cold or flu symptoms.
  • Avoid close contact with someone who is sick.
  • Practice good hygiene when preparing food. Cook food thoroughly. Don’t cross contaminate foods. Don’t eat or drink after others.
  • Help keep yourself healthy by eating right, drinking plenty of water, getting plenty of sleep. Call your doctor or medical provider if symptoms arise and share any recent travel history.

If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact your school principal. 

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