Parent Letter from Dr. O'Malley
With all the recent influx of information regarding the Coronavirus and flu, we wanted to assure you that F1S is monitoring the situation closely, implementing a plan and taking initial precautionary steps, with continued guidance from SC DHEC. The school district has purchased disinfectant wipes for all classrooms; hard surfaces and commonly used objects will be vigilantly cleaned and disinfected. All custodial staff are aware of our increased efforts and will implement them in to their duties as well.
School nurses will be monitoring students who present with symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath and coughing. Any student with a fever will be required to leave school and will not be allowed to return until fever-free for 24 hours without any fever-reducing medicine, as is required under normal DHEC guidelines.
We also wanted to share some simple ways to prevent the spread of illness including:
· Washing hands often
· Avoiding contact with sick people
· Staying home while you are sick
· Covering mouth/nose with a sleeve or tissue when sneezing or coughing
· Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces
· Avoiding touching eyes, mouth and nose
Florence 1 Schools also has an e-Learning protocol in place in the event that the district has to close for any reason. If an e-Learning day is required, students will be able to complete assignments on their district-issued Chromebooks. Information regarding e-Learning can be found on the Florence 1 Schools website at https://www.f1s.org/domain/3540.
If you have any questions, DHEC has a Care Line available at 1-855-472-3432. You can also talk with the nurse at your school.
Richard O’Malley, Ed. D.
Superintendent, Florence 1 Schools