COVID-19 Informational Letter

COVID-19 Informational Letter
Posted on 03/09/2020

Dear EACS families:

There has been an abundance of media coverage regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 also referred to as COVID-19 and many steps are being taken to contain further spread of the virus. As we have done when there were previous outbreaks of diseases caused by a virus, such as H1N1 (swine flu) and Ebola, East Allen County Schools, along with all other Allen County school districts, has worked with the Allen County Department of Health (ACDH) to implement steps that contain further spread of the disease.

Whenever illness outbreaks occur in our schools, we implement additional cleaning protocols and increase the number of opportunities available for children to wash their hands.

We will also cooperate and communicate with the ACDH about any signs of the virus being present with any of our students or employees. Therefore, if you learn that your child(ren) has been diagnosed with the

COVID-19 virus, please communicate with the nurse serving your child’s school to learn when your child can return to school, and so we can communicate with the ACDH.

If you or any family members have recently returned from China, Iran, Italy, Japan or South Korea, please do not send your children to school until you speak with your school nurse. Currently, the return to school protocol after respiratory illness is the same as for influenza, which is being fever-free for 24-hours, no uncontrolled or uncontained coughing, or the nurse’s professional discretion. We will notify the EACS community should this protocol change.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you and members of your family can also increase the likelihood of avoiding this or other viruses by:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/ index.html. The information from this letter will also be available at www.eacs.k12.in.us.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation as we work with the ACDH to contain further spread of COVID-19.

Respectfully,

Marilyn Hissong

EACS Superintendent of Schools



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