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COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Update from Raymond Central

Dear Parents and Students,

The district is monitoring the developing information related to the spread of COVID-19 (commonly referred to as the coronavirus). To date, the district is unaware of any native cases of COVID-19 being reported in our state. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, most people in the United States will have little immediate risk for exposure to this virus. This virus is NOT currently spreading widely in the US. The CDC is reporting that the risk to the general American public remains low. However, the district has reviewed its relevant policies and procedures and is confident that it is prepared to respond to any outbreak of communicable diseases that may occur. Should this situation interfere with the district’s ordinary operations or schedule, you will be provided notice through email and/or text message via the district communication system. At this point, the district has ordered additional antibacterial cleaning supplies for all three school sites in case extra supplies are needed. Custodial staff will continue to take preventative measures such as wiping down tables/desks to control the spread of germs.

As a best practice for overall health in cold and influenza season, the CDC recommends that individuals receive the influenza vaccination and engage in every day, preventive measures to prevent the spread of germs and avoid illness, such as:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

  • Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick.

  • Stay home when you are sick. The CDC recommends that individuals remain home for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever or signs of a fever (i.e., chills, feeling warm, flushed appearance).

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately discard the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

  • Take any anti-viral medication prescribed to you as instructed.

We encourage you to remain informed about the spread of the coronavirus, and would recommend that you visit the website for the Department of Health and Human Services, found here, for further information as it develops.  As a final reminder, we strongly encourage you to use this opportunity to remind your students of the importance of getting rest and washing hands, especially during cold and flu season.