2/27/2020 7:15:00 PM LC Schools Asks Health Dept. For Guidance With Corona-Virus/Flu
Lincoln Herald Staff firstname.lastname@example.org
LINCOLNTON - The following announcement was made from the Lincoln County, N.C. Schools Facebook today, Feb. 27:
With the recent news reports about the Corona-virus and Flu, we have asked our Lincoln County Health Department for guidance in helping folks understand what to do and how to minimize any spread germs this season.
The school nurse team within Lincoln County Schools will be advised to implement the following procedures at their individual schools to help the school system monitor this situation more closely by communicating the following:
Review the daily attendance and report any significant absence trends
Follow up on MD notes as needed
In addition to this, we are also cleaning the yellow and white bus fleet touch points and building touch points with our standard disinfectant.
Per the Lincoln County Health Department (2-27-20), the risk for the spread of the Corona-virus in the U.S. and in N.C. is still low. However, we are evaluating our plans in the event the risk of community spread increases. In order to best protect students and staff of Lincoln County Schools, our school nurse team together with the Lincoln County Health Department is keeping up with the evolving situation by participating in weekly conference calls with the state, reviewing daily emails from the N.C. Communicable Disease Branch, and closely monitoring the CDC website.
Currently, the school nurse team is assessing students and staff who present to school with Influenza-Like Illness and ensuring those with symptoms are sent home promptly and not allowed to return until symptoms have resolved and the individual has been fever-free for at least 24 hours, and/or has a MD note to return.
Additionally, the school nurse team together with school administration is monitoring the absentee rates at each school.
As always, the team is continually re-educating students and staff about prevention measures such as practicing good hand-washing, avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth, covering a cough and any nasal secretions, and advising individuals to remain at home if they are sick.