Dear USD 490 Families and Colleagues ,
As we enter spring break, I want to take a moment to update you on our response to COVID-19, also known as coronavirus.
We are closely monitoring information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), the Butler County Health Department, and the Kansas Department of Education (KSDE). Our goal is to be well prepared to both prevent the spread of the disease as well as to be prepared if it arrives in El Dorado.
Our custodial staff are working diligently to deeply clean and disinfect our buildings and we
have put plans in place to do additional cleanings over the break.
So, the question becomes how will USD 490 respond IF there is a confirmed case of COVID-19. We will take the lead from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Butler County Health Department to determine our response. They truly are the health professionals who will help us determine the best next steps to keep our students and staff safe. The health experts will help guide decisions regarding school closures as well.
In the meantime, there are some key things you can do to help prevent the spread of germs and to prevent illness.
• Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces – including cell phones, TV remotes, toys, etc.
• If you are ill, stay home until you are fever free for at least 24 hours without medication.
Keep in mind that children may not understand everything that is going on with COVID-19 and it can be scary for them. Reassure them that there are health professionals working to stop the spread of this disease and empower them to help by washing their hands and practicing good hygiene.
We will continue to monitor the developments with COVID-19 and keep you informed as well.
You can always reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
I truly appreciate your help in keeping our schools safe and I wish you a safe and healthy spring break!
USD 490 BOARD OF EDUCATION
Vicki Coash • Rob Lane • Heather Nichols • Haley Remsberg • Tom Storrer • Sharon Waugh • Norm Wilks