The Ware County School District is working in close contact with state and local health partners.
Ware County School District officials have been following developments regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and continue to work closely with our local and state health partners to monitor spread of the disease and develop appropriate response plans.
The Georgia Department of Public Health has stated that there are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state of Georgia, yet the risk of contraction for Georgians is low at this time.
While this information is reassuring, we understand that new viruses like this can be worrisome. Additionally, the recent announcement from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encouraging communities to prepare for the spread of COVID-19 domestically has raised new questions.
The Ware County School District is prepared.
The Ware County School District has been in close contact with our local and state health partners, including the Ware County Health Department, Southeast Health District, and Georgia Department of Public Health. The school district has a pandemic plan which is being reviewed internally and in collaboration with these agencies to support the health and safety of our students, staff, and community, and to minimize any impact to learning in our schools.
Part of that plan includes adding additional resources and steps to our already-thorough cleaning processes. Frequently-touched areas will be cleaned several times a day, and clinics and classrooms will be stocked with alcohol-based hand sanitizer. These are best practices to protect students and staff against ALL common winter germs and viruses, in addition to COVID-19. Should the virus make its way to our community, we will already be taking steps to minimize its effect.
In the event of an outbreak in our community, we will follow our public health partners’ lead on any quarantines, closures, or other health measures deemed necessary. As always, our focus is to ensure the safety of all students and staff and continue education with minimal disruption.
If you have additional questions about COVID-19, we encourage you to view the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Fact Sheet from Centers for Disease Control. This fact sheet includes information about the virus, symptoms and severity, and how to protect yourself.
We’d like to reiterate that our local and state health partners currently report that the risk of COVID-19 to our community is low at this time. Regardless, during this time of year, there are many causes of respiratory illness. It’s an important reminder to practice good hygiene habits to stay healthy and avoid the spread of illness:
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, not your hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after coughing or sneezing. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home if you are sick, especially if you have a fever. If you have a fever, do not go to work or attend class until you are fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
It can be challenging knowing whether your child is too ill to go to school. A great resource for families is our When is sick too sick for school? document that outlines symptoms to consider when choosing to stay home.
We appreciate your partnership in supporting the health and safety of our school communities.