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March Superintendent Update
March Superintendent Update
Chris Kell
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Dear Greenfield Families,

As the information and guidelines about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, continues to change daily, I wanted to let you know local health professionals and District administrators continue to monitor this fluid situation to ensure the safety and health of our students and staff.  Decisions that are made, will be made with the most up-to-date information.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, coronavirus is a large family of viruses with common symptoms like the flu which include a fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Flu activity typically peaks during the winter season, and most of the population is at a much greater risk of contracting seasonal influenza than coronavirus. 

Awareness

The District continues to work with our partners at Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) as they monitor and manage the current situation with both the flu and novel coronavirus. The CDC also provides resources and information about the coronavirus at www.cdc.gov

Cleaning and Disinfecting Our School

We are taking additional measures to keep germs at a minimum including taking extra time to disinfect surfaces, encouraging good hand-washing with students, and a deep-cleaning of our buildings during spring break.

Spring Break

Please review the information provided from the Missouri DHSS and the CDC regarding travel and use caution and good judgement when returning to school. Here is a good link to check current travel advisories: www.travel.state.gov

Tips for Staying Healthy

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Throw away the tissue. 
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth to prevent the spread of germs. 
  • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Students with acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come to school until they are free of fever and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines such as cough suppressants.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as phones, toys, and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating and/or after going to the bathroom, blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.

We will stay in-touch if the situation in Greenfield and Southwest Missouri changes. Our students and their families are always our first concern.