Chambers County Schools release statement on coronavirus

Published 1:30 pm Thursday, March 12, 2020

Chambers County School Superintendent Dr. Kelli Hodge has released the following statement regarding local preparedness measures pertaining to COVID-19, more commonly known as the coronavirus:

“Although there are no known cases in Chambers County at this time, we are diligently monitoring the situation based on guidance and information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), and the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE),” Hodge said.

“Since the coronavirus has been declared a global pandemic, and its effect on our society will likely worsen before we see any improvement, we cannot be too careful with following the advice and directions of healthcare professionals. While our school district has a specific protocol for dealing with viruses such as influenza, information regarding COVID-19 is still evolving, making the current situation an unprecedented event. Therefore, we are urging all employees and students within our district to exercise extreme caution and follow the directions issued thus far that are designed to limit the spread of this virus. Those preventive measures include:

  • Utilizing good hygiene practices such as frequent handwashing and covering coughs.
  • Encouraging staff and students to avoid close contact with people who may be sick.
  • Promoting the ’24 to 48-hour fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications’ practice as advised by both the CDC and ADPH.
  • Continue cleaning/disinfecting practices daily.

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“As in all situations regarding the health and safety of our employees and students, we will maintain a proactive and responsive approach to issues and concerns that impact their well-being. We are receiving updates daily, and when we are given additional information and/or guidance, we will modify our practices as may be necessary,” Hodge said.