March 4, 2020
Dear Families of the Sevier County School System,
Please be assured that the Sevier County School System is engaged in ongoing conversation about how to prepare in the event of a possible case of COVID-19 (a novel coronavirus) in our schools and community. We are working with the Sevier County Health Department as well as gathering information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to keep up to date on recommended guidance and protocol.
The Center for Disease Control has stated that the immediate risk of this new respiratory virus (with flu-like symptoms) is currently low; however, please know that the Sevier County School System continues to emphasize the use of flu and virus prevention procedures in our schools. We also recommend that you emphasize these same procedures with your children as noted below:
- Handwashing is a key component of prevention. Wash hands with clean running water and apply soap. Lather the hands by rubbing them together with soap for at least 20 seconds. Rinse your hands under clean, running water and dry with a clean towel or air dry them.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Use a tissue when you sneeze or cough and then throw it in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Stay home when sick. If with fever, stay home and be fever free without the use of fever-reducing medication, for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
Please know that your assistance in emphasizing these procedures with your children will be helpful and appreciated. Working together, we can ensure that our children experience a safe and healthy environment in which to learn and grow. Our custodial staff members are also following recommended CDC cleaning protocols.
Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website or the Tennessee Department of Health's website for additional information.
Jack A. Parton, Ed.D.
Director of Schools