The COVID-19 virus or coronavirus is becoming a concern in the United States, and schools and districts are taking notice.
Indian Prairie School District 204 superintendent Karen Sullivan and the district released an updated statement on Monday, assuring the public that it is “monitoring the situation closely and is in daily communication with our local health department to provide for the safety of our students and staff.”
“While we have no reported cases of COVID-19 in our schools, we are closely monitoring the health and attendance of our students and staff. The district’s daily attendance rates are being sent to the health department so officials can monitor absenteeism. Our custodians are disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily in our schools, and our buses are also being cleaned daily. Hand sanitizer and tissues are available in every classroom.”
“If students report to the health office with a fever and respiratory symptoms, we are contacting parents and asking them to immediately pick up their child. We are following our routine practice that has been in place for many years of asking that students exhibiting these symptoms wear a mask while they wait to be picked up to minimize the spread of germs. Please make sure your child remains at home until they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication.”
“The Centers for Disease Control has described COVID-19 as a ‘rapidly evolving situation.’ Moving forward, health authorities may issue new guidance, and we will keep you updated on any impact it may have on our schools. The Illinois Department of Public Health does not recommend closing schools. We will work in consultation with the health department and implement e-learning for students should the need arise.”
“We ask that you please help to keep our students and staff safe by staying informed, reminding your child to practice good hygiene, and staying home or keeping children home if they have been running a fever or are exhibiting signs of a fever.”
“Finally, please know that we have a team meeting regularly to monitor and discuss information so we can best provide for the well-being of our students and staff.”
“If you have medical questions or concerns, please contact your physician or the Illinois Department of Public Health’s 24/7 hotline at 1-800-889-3931.”
The IDPH recommends the following:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.