Following a recent meeting with Florida’s Department of Health in Marion County and a conference call with the governor, commissioner of education and Florida’s attorney general, Marion County Public Schools shares this information regarding the Zika virus with our community.
Mosquitos that carry the Zika virus are “day biters,” meaning they are most active during daylight hours. Typically, these same mosquitos go “under cover” at night and are more dormant. They do not travel far and are not active for long periods of time. They like small standing water areas like birdbaths, cups, buckets, and other items capable of holding small amounts of water.
If you want your child to wear insect repellent, please apply this at home BEFORE and/or AFTER school. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Florida Department of Health recommend this process as most appropriate.
Florida’s Zika hotline – 855.622.6735
These are some of the efforts our district is taking to address the Zika virus:
MCPS Zika Plan:
As well, we encourage football crowds and other after-school event goers to have the following information:
"We want all of our MCPS family to stay safe and healthy. Though we have local Zika cases not contracted in Marion County, we are taking appropriate steps to remain safe. We are reducing standing water areas on our campuses. We are encouraging after-school event-goers to wear appropriate clothing and insect repellent as necessary. And we're stressing the importance of awareness and common-sense steps to avoid the Zika virus."
What You Can Do at Home
We encourage Florida residents and visitors to protect themselves from all mosquito-borne illnesses by draining standing water; covering their skin with repellent and clothing; covering windows with screens; and other basic precautions included in “drain and cover.”
DRAIN standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying
COVER skin with clothing or repellent
COVER doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Florida Department of Health
Florida School Boards Association