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Bossier Schools Addresses Coronavirus
Posted 3/4/20

 

Logo for Bossier Parish School BoardMarch 4, 2020 

 

Dear Bossier Parish Schools Community,

 

Bossier Schools has been closely monitoring the evolving coronavirus situation. There is nothing more important to us than the health and safety of our students, employees and community.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has been holding regular press conferences updating the country on the current status of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and what steps should be taken moving forward. As the CDC emphasized, there is not currently a coronavirus pandemic in the United States. A pandemic occurs when a disease is spreading from a variety of sources across a large region, and the number of cases across the U.S. is still small.

In an effort to be transparent and educate our community, we want to share with you some of the steps our schools have taken and are taking to prevent the spread of illness across our campuses.

•             Communicated the most effective way to stay healthy and minimize the spread of infectious disease through multiple communications, including: the “Guidelines to a Healthy School Environment,” the Board’s policies (in accordance with state requirements), and basic health best practices, including when to stay home when ill

•             Reinforced these communications by having the School Nurses address the student body in all divisions with appropriate and effective ways to prevent the spreading of germs

•             Increased classroom sanitation procedures through the regular use of broad-spectrum spray disinfectant/sanitation products in all classrooms and high-traffic areas throughout the campuses for enhanced sanitation

•             Enhanced training of the custodial staff about proper sanitation procedures

•             Networked with other national school nurse programs to develop best practices for preparedness and response

•             Communicated with the Louisiana Region VII Department of Health/Office of Public Health on a weekly basis to remain informed and receive up-to-date guidance

•             Monitored classroom/grade level health trends and absenteeism and provided daily assessment of student health

Students may be frightened about coronavirus, especially with today’s 24/7 news coverage.  If your child expresses anxiety or fear about his/her safety, especially our younger students, we encourage you to contact your school counselor who will be an excellent, supportive resource for you and your child.  Per the LA DHH/OPH we have no one in the state of Louisiana that has even met the requirements to be tested as of when this memo was posted. Two excellent informational sources that will answer many of your questions are this interview with Dr. Martha Whyte from the Office of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.  

Bossier Parish Schools is keeping abreast of the coronavirus situation on a daily basis and, as necessary,  will continue to communicate updates or any adjustments in our district’s operations for the safety of our community.