Menifee County School District COVID-19 Update
Posted March 11, 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update from Menifee County Schools
The Menifee County School District is proactively monitoring and assessing the COVID-19, Novel Coronavirus with our state government and local health departments. I assure our stakeholders that our district administration is aware of the growing concerns of the coronavirus and working together with local, regional, and state officials, who will give prompt notification to parents and the community should there be any confirmed cases in our schools. At this time, there are no confirmed cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Menifee County or Menifee County Schools.
We are currently working on a plan to utilize in the event we need to close school. Currently, we are meeting with faculty and staff to ensure that everyone is on the same page and informed. We do not elect to use Non-Traditional Instructional (NTI) Days in Menifee County; however, we are preparing to request an emergency waiver from the Kentucky State Board of Education that would allow the district to utilize NTI days if necessary.
During his daily press briefing this morning, the governor announced that he is cancelling all out of state travel for state employees effective immediately. Following his lead, we are cancelling all out-of-state and international travel for students and staff until further notice. To be safe, principals and trip coordinators need to take steps to cancel all out-of-state and international travel for March through April 15th. For trips planned later, I have informed trip sponsors to reach out to travel agencies or trip providers to discuss the possibility that those trips may be impacted and gather information about cancellation or rescheduling policies.
We will continue monitoring public sites, and we are prepared to take the necessary steps to protect the health and well-being of our students, staff, and community. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html recommends that school districts which do not have Coronavirus identified in their community to focus on educating, planning, and preparing, which is precisely what Menifee County Schools is doing now. Over the next several days and weeks, school district officials will be speaking directly with students about preventive strategies.
The Menifee County School District will continue to follow and encourage the community to follow the CDC recommendations to prevent any infection of a respiratory virus, which include:
· Wash your hands using soap and water for at least 20 seconds
· Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
· Do not come to school or to work when you are sick
· Avoid close contact with people who are sick
· Cough or sneeze into an elbow or use a tissue and place immediately in the trash
· Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/pdf/hand-sanitizer-factsheet.pdf
The following steps are being taken to support the health of students, staff and families:
· Cleaning high traffic touch items several times daily. (including, but not limited to door knobs, water fountains, desk tops, table tops, restrooms, chrome books, printers, copiers, telephones, hand rails, chair arms and backs, entry way push bars/plates, office counter tops, pencil sharpeners, and breakroom appliances.)
· Disinfecting all school buses.
· Ensuring schools are fully stocked with cleaning supplies, soap, hand sanitizer and paper products.
· Monitoring student and staff attendance throughout the day to stay ahead of absence trends.
· Increasing on-hand inventory of custodial supplies.
· Reviewing in-state field trips and staff travel daily and cancelling trips to areas of increased risk.
Since primary spread of the virus has been linked to travel areas such as China and South Korea (CDC’s Warning Level 3 traveler’s list), we ask parents/guardians to notify their school principal if a child or family member has visited these areas in the past 14 days.
As always, keeping parents, guardians, and the community informed is a top priority. I am committed to providing you up-to-date information regarding the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Kentucky and its effect on our school district. I want to thank everyone who has contacted our school district to discuss Menifee County Schools plan to keep students and staff safe and healthy. In the event that we have to close school, we will work diligently to keep students engaged in the learning process.
We appreciate your continued support for our Menifee County School District Family’s health, safety, and education.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 606-768-8002 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Timothy D. Spencer