Please be aware that we continue to very closely monitor the progression of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). We are paying particularly close attention and following Pitt Co. Health Officials, the NCDHHS, the CDC, and WHO guidelines and advice. As well we are currently making contingency plans for the case that this situation requires a disruption in normal school operations and learning.
People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately. Please be aware that there are no confirmed cases of infection at JPII nor SPCS. As of this writing there are no known cases in Pitt County. In fact all known cases in NC are travel related. People may very well be self quarantined for a variety of reasons … e.g. travel history, unrelated illness etc. This does not mean they have been infected.
Please use trusted resources like www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html, pittcountync.gov/coronavirus, and https://epi.dph.ncdhhs.gov/cd/diseases/COVID19.html for factual information and advice on how to combat the spread of the Coronavirus and subsequent disease COVID-19 to stay informed.
What are we doing?
1. We are sharing this advice from the CDC website with students:
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
• Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
• CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
• Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
2. Staying in constant communication with Health Officials.
3. Monitoring student absences, travel, and illnesses very closely
4. Relaxing our policies on absences and makeup work
5. Evaluating and/or canceling large events, community service activities, and field trips.
6. Following cleaning and disinfecting recommendations and protocols.
7. Making contingency plans for a transition to remote learning.
As of today State officials are not recommending school building closures. Please rest assured that if such a decision needs to be made we will do so with extreme care and consideration. We understand the impact this would have on our community.
Please do not panic but take this time to prepare. Along with normal at home preparedness. Have contingency plans for child care and make sure you have good internet access. If you would please reach out to your appropriate main office if you do not have reliable high speed internet at your homes.
A transition to remote learning would require reliable internet service at your homes. To be successful such a transition will require all of us working together as a community … from home.
Please be patient with us as this is uncharted territory for us all. Rest assured we will make the best possible decisions to protect our students, families, staff, and community as humanly possible.
Above all please continue to pray for all those affected by and a speedy end to this crisis.
JPII Principal Conticchio and SPCS Principal Alexander