The school district sent the following information home to families related to coronavirus (COVID-19) on March 12, 2020. Governor Eric Holcomb has ordered all schools to be closed until at least Friday, May 1.
At this time, our district administrative team is working on plans for how to implement long-term E-Learning beginning on Monday, April 6, 2020. Information will be sent to parents as soon as it becomes available.
FAQ About COVID-19
Basics about COVID-19
The spread of COVID-19 is an ongoing issue for public health officials worldwide. The first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in the United States in Washington on January 21, 2020. Since then, media reports indicate suspected cases in multiple states. Airlines have placed instructions restrictions on travel. Please visit cdc.gov/coronavirus for important updates about COVID-19 and the risks associated with the disease.
How is COVID-19 Spread?
This virus was first detected in China. The first infections were linked to a live animal market. The virus is now spreading through person-to-person contact. COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in some affected geographic areas, meaning it is easy to transmit from person-to-person. Social distancing, defined as increasing the physical distance between you and others, is a critical part of stopping the spread of this virus. Please see this guidance from Johns Hopkins Medicine on social distancing.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
COVID-19 presents itself as similar to a serious cold or other respiratory diseases. Patients initially suffer from a fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you or your student exhibit these symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.
How can I protect myself?
Public health officials recommend practicing general flu prevention measures to stay healthy.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve
- Wash your hands regularly
- Avoid touching your face
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Get your flu shot – it’s never too late!
- Stay home if you’re feeling sick. Wait at least 24 hours after your fever goes away before returning to work or school.
- Call your doctor if you're feeling sick to let them know your symptoms and travel history
More prevention tips can be found on the CDC website.
On Monday, March 16, 2020, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb issued these directives to increase social distancing and prevent community spread of COVID-19.
How can I prepare my home for COVID-19?
The CDC has provided a list of tips for how to prepare your home and family for COVID-19. We recommend having conversations at home to make preparations for potential exposure and the need to self-quarantine within an area of your home.
Should I travel for spring break?
At this time, health officials have not restricted any travel within the United States. Many states have chosen to enact various forms of social distancing, including the closure of popular tourist destinations and restaurants. We encourage our families to be aware of these closures before they travel for break. International travel to China, Italy, South Korea, Iran, Japan are currently inadvisable by the CDC. The U.S. State Department advises all Americans to refrain from international travel and refrain from traveling on any cruise ship. If you choose to travel for spring break and your student returns feeling sick, do not send them to school after break and contact your doctor immediately.
The CDC recommends any person who believes they may have come in contact with COVID-19 to quarantine themselves until a doctor releases them to return to normal daily life. See more guidance on how to care for yourself if you believe you may have contracted COVID-19 on the CDC website.
How should I talk to my children about COVID-19?
NBC News has compiled this helpful article with tips for how to talk to children of various ages about the disease. Encourage them to practice good hygiene habits and always wash their hands. Do not incite panic or add additional stress to their daily lives because of media coverage of the disease.
When we will know more?
As public health officials release new information, we will update this post to provide additional guidance to our families. The district will communicate through its normal channels (email, social media) to provide information to parents.