March 8, 2020
The news media reported a confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Hendricks Elementary School in Avon, Indiana. Our show choir traveled to Avon High School for a competition last Saturday. Since we have been informed of the confirmed case, we have consulted the Ripley County Health Department and the State Department of Health. We have verified that the opportunity for exposure was no more than anyone could have at any other place. We have been informed that the best course of action is to continue to utilize the hygiene tips listed below.
Be aware that the common flu is also making its rounds this time of year. The Ripley County Health Departments tells us to keep any virus from spreading to more people, we must keep sick children home. Any children who are sick and in school will be sent home. Please, make sure that your children have appropriate contact information entered into PowerSchool to be able to reach you in the event your child becomes ill at school.
As a reminder, Public Health officials want you to protect yourself and your family against the Coronavirus. Here are some ways to stop the spread of germs and sickness:
Keep children who are sick at home. Don’t send them to school
Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. Be sure to set a good example by doing this yourself.
Teach your children to cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or by coughing into the inside of the elbow. Be sure to set a good example by doing this yourself.
Teach yourself to stay at least 3-6 feet away from people who are sick.
Stay home from work or school if you are sick and avoid other people until you are better.
Stay away from shopping malls, movie theaters or other places where there are large groups of people.
Please visit the CDC’s website for important information on what to do if you or your family member becomes sick with the virus.
If you have any questions please contact our school nurses or your healthcare provider.
Jane E. Rogers