The following is a letter from Central Lee School District Dr. Andy Crozier regarding planning for the district following spring break.
Central Lee Family,
As we near our Spring Break, I wanted to take a moment to update you on the coronavirus impact on the Central Lee Community School District.
At the conclusion of our school day on Thursday, our students will be dismissed for our regularly scheduled Spring Break, which lasts until Monday, March 23. I know many parents are beginning to wonder if we will hold classes after Spring Break. As of right now, our plan is to continue with school on March 23.
Over the next several days, we will continue to be in contact with our local partners at the Department of Health, the police department, and our health care professionals. They are providing us with guidance on how we can best maintain a safe and healthy learning environment. Over Spring Break, we are taking extra precautions to prevent illness in our school community. This includes deep cleaning and increasing our use of disinfectants on “high-touch” surfaces like doorknobs and handles.
For now, there is no recommendation to close schools in our district by the Iowa Department of Public Health or the Department of Education. As always, we must balance our need to maintain good public health with our need to provide students with the required number of instructional days. If we need to close schools, we will notify our families through a text alert, email, social media, and a press release sent to our local news media. We will use a variety of channels to ensure everyone is completely informed.
We all have a role to play in preventing the spread of disease, including coronavirus. Here are some tips from the CDC:
* If children are sick, they should not be at school. Students should be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to class after any illness. Keeping children home when they are sick is critical to prevention.
* Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20 seconds.
* Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, and then throw the tissue away.
* As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
To be frank, we are in uncharted territory. We do not know all the answers regarding if we are forced to close schools. We have tentatively put together our crisis team and will be working with local nonprofits to help maintain essential services if we are forced to close.
Please be safe and stay healthy over the next several days. Thank you for your support.
Dr. Andy Crozier