Owensboro Catholic Schools met this morning with other local school systems, Owensboro Health, Brescia University, the Daviess County Health Department and others to learn more about COVID-19 (aka – Coronavirus).
As always, the safety of your children is important. We are fogging each building weekly with a disinfecting mist and have been doing so since January when the flu first spiked.
Our educational efforts have increased to remind students about proper hand washing, coughing into your elbow or tissue/handkerchief, and not touching your face. Please reinforce these at home.
We have been reviewing and implementing the Diocesan plan for pandemic influenza, all while using best practices from the Centers for Disease Control. We will continue to monitor this very closely and make adjustments as necessary, based on recommendations of the experts in the field.
So, what can you do at home? Below are some very practical ways to avoid or help stop the spread of this virus –
1. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
2. Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not an option. Experts recommend using sanitizer with alcohol as it is more effective against this virus.
3. Do not send your child to school if they have a fever of 100 degrees or higher – and do not send your child back to school until they have been symptom free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication (such as ibuprofen, etc.). The same guidelines should apply to us as we are deciding if we should go in to work.
4. If you have any questions or suspect you may have the virus – contact the Owensboro Health COVID-19 hotline 877.888.6647 – you will be given information on where to go and what to do.
Please note: We are working on plans in case schools are closed for an extended period of time. Remember, we will follow the decisions made by Daviess County Public Schools. All decisions are being made with the latest and best information available.