Public Health Update
Friday afternoon Florida Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran announced all schools are to take an additional week off due to the threat of COVID-19. This means students will not report to school until March 30th.
All extra-curricular activities across the state are also postponed for the next 14 days.
Flagler Schools Superintendent James Tager and his executive team are meeting Monday to map out a plan to get our students back on the path of learning when we do open the doors again.
“A decision such as this is not an easy one to make,” says Superintendent Tager. “I understand this will put pressures on many of our families but the Flagler Schools team will be working to determine what, if any services we can give our families the week following Spring Break.”
We are on Spring Break this coming week so employee schedules for this week are still in effect. The Florida Department of Education will be giving us additional guidance in the coming days. We ask our employees to monitor their work email for additional details.
We do know FLDOE is pushing all state testing back two weeks.
Please continue to monitor our flaglerschools.com website and social media accounts for updates.
(Update, March 12, 2020 9:15 am) Out of an abundance of caution, Flagler Schools Superintendent James Tager announces Thursday morning that all out-of-state travel sponsored by our schools or district for students, teachers and staff is immediately suspended until further notice. At this time, this does not effect in-state travel. Flagler Schools will continue to monitor the travel situation and will update as necessary. (Update, March 11, 2020)
Flagler Schools wants to update you on what we are doing in the wake of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus outbreak. We continue to follow the CDC's recommendations for travel. For our families and staff making plans for Spring Break travel, we ask that if those plans involve international travel, to include cruises, you monitor your health upon your return home. If you or someone in your home begin experiencing flu-like symptoms, contact your doctor or the health department immediately before resuming your regular schedule. Flagler Schools will continue to monitor the travel outlook for our student groups as the last quarter unfolds. Our Custodial Services team is ramping up disinfecting our schools. While they have a normal schedule, which is appropriate at this time, they will be disinfecting all touchpoints on our campuses three times a day out of an abundance of caution. They will also be at work during Spring Break next week so that our campuses will be extra clean for returning students and staff. You may see other districts near us conducting surveys about access to digital devices. Flagler Schools has already done this and knows who has a take-home device and who may need one. We do have a plan ready to go to distribute these devices, as well as hotspots to our students who need them should we need to take this step. Flagler Schools is in constant contact with our partners at the Flagler County Health Department as well as Flagler County Emergency Management. We encourage you to follow both on social media to receive the latest, most current and factual information regarding COVID-19. Please visit the Florida Department of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage for information and guidance regarding COVID-19 in Florida. (Original Message, February 27, 2020) When it comes to outbreaks of something like the novel coronavirus, there is a fine line between being prepared and inciting panic. Flagler County Schools wants to educate our community about this global outbreak. There are no confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in our schools. If this was to occur, we will notify staff and parents/guardians within the school.
We are aware of the concerns of our community, as well as the recent statements from the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO). Flagler Schools is a 1:1 district so that puts us in a position to support students digitally, should that be necessary for health reasons. We have also worked closely with our local Health Department in forming specific protocols when dealing with an outbreak of sickness on our campuses.
Flagler Schools will continue to follow CDC recommendations to prevent any infection of a respiratory virus, which includes:
· 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.
· Cough or sneeze into an elbow or use a tissue and place immediately in the trash.
· Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
If a student or staff member shows respiratory symptoms, our school nurses will follow standard precautions and work with our local Health Department to further research individual/family travel histories.
Flagler Schools encourages families to follow the CDC’s information for travel, available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html. We request that parents/guardians notify their school principal if a child or member of their family has been to China or South Korea (both are on the CDC’s Warning Level 3 traveler’s list) and recently returned to our community. Out of an abundance of caution, we request that these children wait for the 14-day incubation period (beginning the day of return to the U.S.) to expire before enrolling in school or returning to school. We will not count these absences, and children will be provided online learning during this period and technology/access if needed.
Thank you for your continued support in keeping our students and staff safe. More information on the novel coronavirus is available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.