Important Information Regarding Coronavirus
Cases of COVID-19, or the Coronavirus receiving massive attention these days, will likely increase in Florida and perhaps Marion County. This comes from state and local leaders from the Florida Department of Health, Florida Department of Education, and Marion County Emergency Management.
Marion County Public Schools is taking direct action with these agencies on a daily, almost hourly basis, to keep our schools safe and protect our students and staff.
Preventing the spread of COVID-19 and educating the public are top priorities for us. To date, we are focusing on and sharing these ways to control the spread of this international health concern:
- Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Cough and sneeze into your sleeve. If you use a tissue, dispose of it immediately and wash your hands.
- If you are sick, stay home. Don’t share what you have with others.
- Keep a safe social distance from others.
To help students focus on other topics while taking these steps to stay safe, please consider our “Community Reads” website at www.marionschools.net. Simply “look for the book” and click on it to discover wonderful resources like myON book suggestions — even on germs, celebrity readers, explanation of learning standards, and content learning videos updated every month. This is a free treasure trove for our elementary families and students.
Parents and families, we encourage you to keep your contact information — phone numbers and email addresses — updated. Should we need to alert you via Skylert messaging, we can only do so if your contact information is correct and your message delivery permissions allow it. You can do this via Family Access or contacting your child’s school.
Rumor control is also a big concern, and we want you to have the latest information. To do so, visit www.FloridaHealth.gov often. This is the official source of everything COVID-19 in Florida. If you have questions, you can call Florida’s COVID-19 / Coronavirus Hotline at 866.779.6121.
These are things we do each flu season to keep any spread of respiratory illness under control. We remind students in many ways to follow these steps — with verbal directions, visual posters, morning announcements, hand sanitizer stations, and more. Our custodians are refilling soap dispensers and sanitizer stations daily and using specific chemical disinfectants designed to kill any particulates on flat surfaces. They’re doing the same with door handles, cabinet knobs, light switches, computer keyboards, and other high-touch areas.
Marion County Public Schools is committed to the safety of our students and staff, and we will continue measures to ensure this safety until the threat of COVID-19 no longer exists.
Centers for Disease Control
Centers for Disease Control