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COVID-19 - UPDATE


Posted Date: 03/12/2020

Parents/Guardians of SCCSD Students-

 

The South Conway County School District does NOT have a confirmed case of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our schools, but there is one presumptive case in Arkansas; but we believe it is important for you to know that district leaders are closely monitoring this situation and making plans in the event of an outbreak in our area.

 

The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) has been designated as the lead agency in coordinating information and response to COVID-19.  Information can be accessed at: https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/novel-coronavirus

 

Working together with the Arkansas Department of Health, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the local hospital, and local civic leaders (including first responders), we are continually and carefully following this developing situation.

 

In the event of an outbreak in our community, the health department would likely recommend action if a school needed to be closed. If so, the SCCSD would use “AMI days.” Parents and staff would be notified using our normal communication methods- push notifications through the SCCSD Mobile App, text messages, emails, phone calls, local news media, and social media.

 

The best thing to do right now is take steps to prevent illness of any kind here in our community. You (and your children) can do the following:

  1. Wash your hands with generous amounts of soap and water several times a day for at least 20 seconds.
  2. Use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) often, and encourage your kids to use the dispensers in every classroom.
  3. Always cough/sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  4. If you or your child have flu-like symptoms, (fever, cough, trouble breathing, muscle pain, tiredness, etc.) please stay home. Try to avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
  5. Avoid shaking hands with other people.  Try using an “Elbow Bump” to greet others or a “Fist Bump”.  A “Fist Bump” transits 1/20 the amount of bacteria that a handshake does.
  6. Maintain adequate hygiene supplies.
  7. ** Your child must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.

 

The South Conway County School District cleans and sanitizes each school (this includes school buses, offices, and common areas) with germicide disinfectant “foggers.” This is in addition to wiping down surfaces with cleaners that have a guaranteed “kill claim” on all viruses. We ask our staff to be vigilant about hand washing and staying home if they are sick.

 

Moving forward, we will continue monitoring the situation and partnering with the local health and civic leaders to ensure that our students remain in a safe, caring and healthy environment.

 

Thank you for your support of the South Conway County School District.

 

Shawn Halbrook
South Conway County School District, Superintendent