North Carolina has experienced its first case of COVID-19 in Wake County. CMS, along with school leaders across the state, are closely monitoring all developments. Our district is sending CMS teams to regional and local meetings with state and local health leaders to develop protocols and gain information to remain abreast of any new developments.
Families and staff received information about our awareness of COVID-19 last week. We understand that this may be a source of concern for the community, and we want to reassure you that we are closely monitoring this rapidly changing situation and working to keep staff and students healthy.
Our district has been in contact with the Mecklenburg County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for regular updates. We will share updates when new information or guidelines need to be communicated.
COVID-19 are a large family of viruses with common symptoms similar to the flu, which include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
The Mecklenburg County Department of Health has established a dedicated website for those seeking more information about the novel coronavirus. Find it here. The N.C. Division of Public Health has established a call line at 1-866-462-3821 to address general questions from the public about the coronavirus. More information is also available from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (click here) and the CDC (click here).
We urge all employees to continue the practice of maintaining healthy behaviors necessary during any cold and flu season. These include, but are not limited to:
Wash hands frequently with soap and water. Use an alcohol-based hand cleaner if soap and water are not available.
Cover nose and mouth with a sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth to prevent the spread of germs.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
The district will continue to work with our partners as they monitor and manage the current situation with both the flu and COVID-19. Please be assured that district staff will continue to keep an eye on illness in our schools, as is our standard practice. As always, we will share additional information with school communities as needed. Please know that due to health privacy laws, the district would not be able to share any individual health information. Thank you for your help in keeping our students healthy during this cold and flu season.
The Guidance for Administrators of U.S. Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools to Plan, Prepare and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be helpful. Find it here.