Updated: March 10, 2020
As we hear more each day about the spread of the Coronavirus, BTHS District 201 has plans should our schools be impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak. We continue to gather as much information as possible to continually update our plan and are closely monitoring reports about the spread of the Coronavirus. Our staff members continue to be in contact with the St. Clair County Health Department. We are also monitoring absenteeism rates of students and staff.
Our custodial staff has implemented additional efforts to increase the disinfection of our facilities and bus fleet. Custodians are cleaning tables, chairs, doorknobs, drinking fountains and other surfaces on a daily basis. Buses are regularly disinfected. The product used to disinfect has been effective in killing most viruses. Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be made available as needed.
Health organizations have recommended ways we can prevent the spread of the virus. Please emphasize the following ways to prevent the spread of the virus with students:
- Seek medical care if you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing. Follow the advice of the healthcare provider.
- Maintain at least 3 to 6 feet between yourself and another person who is sneezing or coughing.
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water.
- Use an alcohol-based hand rub or sanitizer when washing hands is not possible.
- Avoid touching your face without washing your hands first.
- Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing.
Our planning includes scenarios when there are cases of Coronavirus in our community and school is open and also when schools may be closed at the recommendation of public health authorities. The decision to close our schools would be at the recommendation of public health authorities in the county, region or at the direction of state leaders. Of course, our hope is that school will be held as usual for the remainder of the school year. A committee of staff members is looking at ways to support student learning should there be a need to close school for any amount of time. Staff members are currently developing electronic learning options for students in case the decision to close school is necessary. We will share more information about these plans as they become available. Our hope is that we will be able to hold classes as usual for the remainder of the year, but we wanted to let you know steps District 201 has taken to be prepared.