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Corona Virus Updated Information
Fred Matlage
Thursday, March 12, 2020

Parents, Students, and Community,

In light of the Iowa Board of Regents announcement that all state universities will move toward online course work following spring break, we want to assure our families and communities that normal operations will continue for the foreseeable future. 

While our overarching objective is to keep students and staff members safe, we also acknowledge that we have a social responsibility to ensure the continuity of education for our students. The Fayette County Health Department has asserted that the risk to students and staff is minimal at this time and they do not believe that the current situation warrants closing.

In the event that the Fayette County Health Department or the Iowa Department of Public Health determines that there is a need for closure or other actions, we will communicate additional information at that time.

As districts, we are working to be proactive and preventative, while operating in a state of preparedness. We are in constant communication with the Fayette County Health Department, as well as the Iowa Department of Public Health. Moving forward, we will continue to partner with and follow the guidance of these agencies. For reference, the most up-to-date information about the coronavirus can be found via the Iowa Department of Public Health Coronavirus and the Centers for Disease Control Coronavirus.

The safety and well-being of our students and staff is always our top priority. We all have procedures in place as part of our district emergency operating plan[s] to handle situations regarding the spread of illness. 

As stated before, to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, the CDC recommends the following actions:

  • Frequently wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water. If unavailable, use hand sanitizer.
  • 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. 

Here are some additional links to information that you might find useful, provided by EMC Insurance:

https://www.ed.gov/coronavirus

http://neatoday.org/2020/01/06/schools-and-coronavirus/

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/index.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/colleges-universities/index.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fcommunity%2Fcolleges-universities.html

Please feel free to communicate with your  school district if you have any specific questions.

Sincerely,

Fred Matlage, Superintendent
Matthew Molumby, PK-12 Principal
Bonnie West, Nurse