March 12, 2020
CDC Coronavirus Information
CDC Handwashing Information:
Talking to Children About COVID-19:
March 6, 2020
There has been a growing concern in our nation over the Coronavirus. Some of our employees have expressed potential concern, as well, and we would like to share what we know and what we are doing to alleviate as much of the concern as possible.
At this point, it is known that Coronavirus is a respiratory illness with symptoms much like influenza or “flu.” Its primary symptoms are fever, coughing and shortness of breath. Symptoms usually appear anywhere between two to fourteen days after exposure. In most people, the illness produces mild to moderate symptoms that do not require hospitalization. However, just like with influenza, the elderly, people with chronic lung conditions and those with compromised immune systems are at higher risk.
There are also some things that we don’t know for sure right now, such as if the virus can be spread by people without symptoms , or how long the virus can remain on nonliving surfaces like doorknobs and bathroom faucets. Our cleaning staff is disinfecting thoroughly every evening to make sure our buildings are as germ free as possible.
In addition to keeping our environment as germ-free as possible, the following tips are standard best practices to avoid and limit the spreading of ANY type of germs:
- Wash your hands frequently, especially after coughing or sneezing
- Avoid touching your face, nose and mouth
- If you have a cold, runny nose, sore throat, muscle aches or fever, please keep to yourself as much as possible, or do not come to work if you are running a fever or feel that you may be contagious
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Fear, panic, and misinformation can be just as dangerous as an outbreak itself.
For additional information we encourage you to seek a reputable source of news, such as the Center for Disease Control https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/ or the
World Health Organization. Tennessee-specific information can be found on the website at TN.gov/health. We will continually update Tipton County Schools’ website under Latest News as information is received.
Our priority is our students and we are doing everything we can to make sure they are protected from harm of any kind.