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General flu Information & preparedness-
Information on contravirus or COVID-19
Beaufort County School District note to parents.
Recent news reports about a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have raised concerns about whether the illness might eventually spread to students and staff in the Beaufort County School District. While the vast majority of COVID-19 cases have been in China, the illness has spread to other countries. South Carolina has reported no cases of COVID-19. Nationwide, 62 cases are being treated but there have been no deaths.
The Beaufort County School District follows coronavirus-related guidance from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), which in turn works closely with the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC). DHEC has protocols in place should anyone in South Carolina become infected with the coronavirus.
If a student or staff member in the Beaufort County School District were to become infected with COVID-19, the district would follow the recommendations of DHEC and CDC in responding. If a local outbreak anywhere in South Carolina were to become a hazard to public health, DHEC and the CDC would coordinate the local response.
While COVID-19 has been attracting the most attention, the bigger health hazard in South Carolina has been the flu. So far this flu season, more than 4,500 cases have been confirmed. Nearly 2,300 people have been hospitalized with the flu in South Carolina, and 86 people have died.
Beaufort County School District schools and classrooms are cleaned every day by employees of the district’s private-sector contractor. Custodians employ flu season protocols and use a hospital-grade disinfectant on desks, work surfaces, door knobs, water fountains, etc.
School nurses in the Beaufort County School District also teach proper hand-washing techniques to students.
“Nothing is more important than the safety of our students, their families and our district employees,” said Superintendent Frank Rodriguez. “We are actively monitoring the developing situation with the coronavirus, and we are receiving guidance from the experts at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Right now we’re focused on preparedness – on making sure that if we do eventually have a coronavirus case in one of our schools, we’ll have procedures in place to deal with that and keep everyone safe.”