COVID-19 Resources for School Campuses
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Health officials are currently taking steps to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") into US communities. Schools can play an important role in this effort.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control offers guidance for schools based on what is currently known about the transmission and severity of COVID-19. This interim guidance is intended to help administrators of public and private childcare programs and K-12 schools prevent the spread of COVID-19 among students and staff: Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
The U.S. Department of Education has also compiled a list of resources, including CDC Fact Sheets: https://www.ed.gov/coronavirus
The Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center features a webinar about how to incorporate infectious disease planning into a school emergency operations plan (EOP): https://rems.ed.gov/trainings/CourseInfectious.aspx
The Georgia Department of Education has published a guide for pandemic planning for public schools.
The Kansas State Department of Education offers guidance on preparing for online learning services.
Schools should continue promoting everyday disease prevention strategies:
- If you are sick, stay home from school.
- Avoid close contact with those who are already sick.
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with a tissue or the crook of your arm.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.