Like most businesses and organizations, Danville Schools has a safety committee that oversees the school corporation's crisis plan. Preparing for a pandemic is just one part of this comprehensive plan. Given the recent conversations surrounding COVID-19, a respiratory illness also known as “coronavirus," we felt this information should be shared with our school family and the Danville Community.
DCSC administration continues to monitor information about COVID-19. There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our schools at this time, although cases have been reported in Indiana and around the U.S. DCSC works with local and state health organizations and authorities anytime there is a public safety or health concern that may affect students.
Recently, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised citizens, businesses, and schools to be prepared for the possibility of community-level outbreaks. In preparation, we are reviewing our emergency operations plans and taking extra time to sanitize and disinfect high-traffic areas and surfaces more frequently. As a reminder, medical professionals recommend the following tips to prevent the spread of illness:
- Regularly washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if washing with soap and water is not immediately available.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and/or mouth.
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
- Staying home when experiencing symptoms such as fever or vomiting. Students and staff should be fever free without the assistance of medications (like Tylenol) for 24 hours before returning to school.
- Covering coughs and sneezes with tissues and disposing of tissue, or with the inside of the elbow.
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
DCSC has shared the following information with families and staff:
Information and Resources
Links to reputable sources for the latest information on COVID-19:
School and business closures for COVID-19 can cause strain on families. There are many resources available for assistance. The Hendricks County Health Partnership offers a wide range of resources to help community members find the support they need. Visit the resource page at www.hendrickshealthpartnership.org/resources.html
Hendricks Regional Health has launched a hotline at 317-520-5500 that offers free COVID-19 phone screenings.