The District is working in collaboration with the local Department of Health to focus on steps to help stop or slow the spread of all respiratory illnesses, including Coronavirus (COVID-19). Steps currently in place include:
Information sharing through day-to-day reporting by school nurses to Epidemiology of all students identified with “influenza-like” illness.
Encouraging parents to keep sick children home.
Students who become sick at school or arrive at school sick are sent home as soon as possible.
Encouraging hand washing often.
Encouraging respiratory etiquette (appropriately covering coughs and sneezes).
Increased cleaning by custodial staff of frequently touched surfaces (light switches, doorknobs, counters, etc.), as well as all school buses.
Monitoring for changes in usual absenteeism patterns.
While there are two confirmed positive cases in Florida, the majority of respiratory illnesses are not Coronavirus. Should there be a confirmed case of Coronavirus in our community, local health officials will provide guidance for any school dismissals. Recommendations will be made on a case-by-case basis based on the most up to date information about Coronavirus and the specific impacts on the community.
The St. Johns County School District and the local Department of Health are working together to follow the recommended guidelines of the CDC regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). This guidance offers specific steps for school staff, parents, and students to take during the current low-risk conditions, as well as for more severe conditions. It is recommended, that based on current conditions, students and staff with flu-like illness stay home until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever or signs of a fever. This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (i.e., any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen).
The CDC emphasizes washing hands, respiratory etiquette and staying home when sick:
Practice good hand hygiene. Students and staff members should wash their hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also effective.
Practice respiratory etiquette. Illnesses can spread from person to person in the droplets produced by coughs and sneezes, so it is important to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands.
Stay home if you are sick. Keeping sick students home means decreasing the spread of germs to others.