As most Kentuckians know by now, there are confirmed cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Hardin County Schools is aware of the concerns of our community and has been following the information and guidance provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Kentucky Department of Public Health and the Lincoln Trail District Health Department.
“We are taking universal precautions,” HCS Superintendent Teresa Morgan said. “If there is a reported case in Hardin County we will act accordingly. We have an open line of communication to our friends with the Lincoln Trail District Health Department, Hardin Memorial Health and our school nurse providers, Cumberland Health. We are extremely fortunate to have nurses in our schools and access to nurse practitioners. We must remember that health officials are sharing that school-age children are not as vulnerable to COVID-19 as older adults or those with compromised immune systems."
Hardin County Schools is:
- Closely monitoring the health and attendance of our students and staff.
- Working to keep surfaces used often in schools and on buses as clean as possible and soap/hand sanitizer containers full.
- Asking school principals to be aware of areas that have been heavily impacted by COVID-19. If field trips to those areas have been planned, there is a possibility that they may be canceled.
- Producing and will soon be sharing a video with students this week that will reinforce proper hand-washing techniques that have been previously discussed with them.
- Receiving assistance from school nurses who will also be working with students to review proper hand-washing procedures.
- Asking custodians, bus drivers and other staff to team together and make extra efforts to clean common areas. Restrooms and learning equipment will also be part of an extra cleaning regiment.
HCS will continue to follow CDC recommendations to prevent the spread of infectious disease:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when sick and do not return to school until the individual has been fever-free for at least 24 hours.
- Cough or sneeze into an elbow or use a tissue and place it immediately in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- If a student or staff member shows symptoms of illness at school, school nurses will follow standard precautions.
Hardin County Schools encourages families to follow the CDC’s information for travel. The district requests that parents/guardians and staff notify their school principal if a child or member of their family has been to a country listed on the CDC’s Level 3 Travel Health Notice list and recently returned to the local communities. Out of an abundance of caution, the district requests that these children wait for a 14-day incubation period (beginning the day of return to the U.S.) to expire before enrolling in school or returning to school.
Parent/guardians, students and staff can monitor COVID-19 and its impact on Kentucky at www.kycovid19.ky.gov.