Owen County Schools Community,
Recently, there has been increasing concern about the Coronavirus Disease, also known as COVID-19. Its potential impact on communities across our country has received national media attention, and our school district has made efforts to stay informed about the spread of COVID-19. As with any potential threat to the health, safety, or well-being of our students and staff, Owen County Schools works closely with community partners to take appropriate precautions. Our best practice in the case of any health risk is to follow the advice and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control, Three Rivers Health Department, and other local and state health officials.
In the case of COVID-19, we have been in contact with the Three Rivers Health Department to ensure we are taking all precautionary steps and following protocols to help prevent the spread of the virus. Therefore, I would like to update you on our understanding of and response to the Coronavirus concern.
At the time of this letter, there have been only four reports of Coronavirus in Kentucky, which makes the risk low in Kentucky, but we are well aware that could likely change. Owen County Schools will continue our daily cleaning and sanitizing routines in each building, which are aligned with the recommendations set by the Centers for Disease Control for prevention of any respiratory virus. In addition, we ask that everyone, whether at home or in public, follow the guidelines below:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands;
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
- Stay home when you are sick;
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue and place it immediately in the trash; and
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
If a student or staff member shows respiratory symptoms, our school nurses will follow our standard practices and work with the Three Rivers Health Department. Also, please keep your children home from school, and all activities, when they are sick with COVID-19 symptoms, which may include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
The most up-to-date information is available online by going to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Three Rivers Health Department, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites. The Kentucky Department for Public Health has established a hotline and information center where people can get answers to their questions by calling 1-800-722-5725.
Owen County Schools will continue to keep informed about COVID-19. You might notice an increased emphasis on hygiene and handwashing in our schools and our communications with families. Our district has also increased the frequency of cleaning high traffic areas and equipment. Please know these are preventative measures and not an indication that something is wrong. In the coming days and weeks, we will continue to stay in contact with local and state health officials as we follow our protocols. As always, we appreciate your continued support as we focus on the health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff.