Coronavirus Information

Coronavirus Information
Posted on 03/06/2020
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Dear Camden City School District Families and Community Partners, 


The news has inundated us with stories about the Coronavirus, now being referred to as COVID-19. We share your concern, as this remains an evolving and dynamic situation. The Camden City School District is working closely with state and county health officials to ensure our policies and procedures align with the latest recommended preventative measures as well as to monitor updates regarding the virus and the potential impact it may have on our community. We will keep you updated with information as it becomes available to us. 


Please be aware that outbreaks involving COVID-19 evolve quickly, and recommendations from public health officials may change frequently as new information becomes available.  Any relevant new information that we receive from state or federal health agencies will be available on our website. 


District Cleaning Protocols

The safety and well-being of your child remains our daily and utmost priority. As we have done every winter during flu season, the Camden City School District has enacted precautionary cleaning protocols. Throughout the district, we are utilizing the following preventative measures: 


  • Provide additional training to our facilities staff to ensure best and evidenced-based practices are used during daily cleaning procedures in response to reducing the spread of illnesses. 
  • Routine cleaning procedures have been supplemented with a concentration on cleaning all surfaces, with a particular emphasis on cleaning common touchpoints, like doorknobs, tables, and other frequently shared items. These surfaces will be cleaned during the school day much more frequently as a means to mitigate any potential transmission.

            

Taking precautions at home

Maintaining a healthy learning environment is a key focus for all of us. As of now, no cases of Coronavirus have been identified in our community. Because basic hygiene practices are key to preventing the spread of illness, the Center for Disease Control (commonly referred to as the CDC) recommends the following:


  • Keep children home when they are sick, especially if they present with a fever (above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, or 37.7 C). Children should be fever-free (without fever-reducing medication) for at least 24 hours before returning to school. Our nurses will be monitoring our students and anyone presenting as ill. Students presenting ill will be called immediately to pick up their child.
       
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. (When and How to Wash Your Hands).
       
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If tissues are unavailable, use the elbow, arm or sleeve.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Do not share personal items like drinks, food, utensils, or electronic devices (i.e. cell phone).

             

We understand the level of uncertainty this illness presents for all of us. It is important right now that we work together to remain focused on what we can control.


Thank you for spending time discussing these items with your children. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your school nurse and/or principal. Enclosed with this letter are Frequently Asked Questions for your quick reference. 


Yours in service of the children,

 

Katrina T. McCombs, M.Ed., MPA

State District Superintendent

Camden City School District

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