Parents and Community Members Please Read

Parents and Community Members Please Read
Posted on 03/05/2020
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PSA from Nurse Candy

COVID-19 Update

While there are no Coronavirus cases in Catoosa County or our surrounding areas, we want to remind you about some ways to protect you and your families from getting sick and to maintain our healthy learning environments. Just another friendly reminder: The flu is still active and widespread in our state. 

Here are some best practices we want to adopt to try to protect ourselves against these viruses:

  • People who are sick should stay at home. Do not send students to school who are exhibiting signs of illness. Avoid contact with others who are sick until they are better. 

  • Anyone with a fever should not return to school until they are fever free for 24 hours without taking a fever reducing medication. 

    • Again the fever must be gone for 24 hours – so if your student is sent home from school with a fever they will not be returning the following day as well.

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

    • Teachers please remind students upon entering and leaving your classroom to wash their hands.

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

    • This includes other people – best practice is to keep our hands to ourselves.

  • Cover your cough and sneezes preferably with a tissue that can be discarded after use, otherwise use the inside of your elbow.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces including door knobs, desks, phones and keyboards. 

As the school nurse, I receive regular updates from the Georgia Department of Public Health and our county office who work closely with the local Health Department to monitor the situation and take any preventative steps that we can to protect our students, faculty, staff and their families. We also receive guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to plan, prepare, and respond should there be a Coronavirus outbreak in our area. 

-Nurse Candy