Information on Spring Break Travel and COVID-19
We know there is a growing concern about Spring Break travel and the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and other communicable diseases. We continue to communicate with the Pottawatomie County Health Department, as well as state and federal agencies, to ensure we are following all appropriate protocols so that we may help prevent the spread of disease. The health and safety of our students, families, and staff are of utmost importance to us.
Pertaining to Spring Break or any other travel plans, individuals returning from travel to China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, Japan or any other Level 2 or 3 country as identified by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shall self-quarantine for a period of 14 days before returning to school. This applies to all students, teachers, and other school or district staff.
Steps for returning travelers from Level 2 or 3 countries:
- Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
- Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period. Discuss your work situation with your district before returning to work or school.
- Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
- Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.
- Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet).
Please refer frequently to the CDC Travelers Guidance as other countries may be elevated to Level 2 or 3 at any time.
District employees may use any available sick leave during the required 14-day self-quarantine. Students will be worked with on a case-by-case basis regarding assignments. Please communicate with your site principal. If you have been exposed to COVID-19, please contact the health department or your physician.
Please remember to continue washing your hands frequently, keep your hands away from your face, do not share drinks, and be careful when using water fountains in public places.
Thank you for working with us to keep our students and staff healthy and safe during this time. We are keeping our school district website updated with information as it becomes available. Please refer to the Nurses Corner on our website. We will continue to send updated information as it is available and needed.
April Grace Ed.D.
Shawnee Public Schools