King William County Public Schools
March 3, 2020
Dear KWCPS Parents:
As you are all aware, the National discussion concerning the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been escalating over the past few weeks as the number of confirmed cases have increased in the United States. I want to assure you that KWCPS has been working to ensure that we are prepared to address any issues that may arise should our area become directly affected.
At this time, there are no known confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Virginia and the risk of exposure for members of the public is low; however, we are closely monitoring the situation and will take all necessary steps to minimize the impact within our schools. Should the need arise for schools to be closed for a prolonged period of time, we are developing a plan to change how we deliver instruction.
As with other respiratory diseases such as the flu or cold, please keep your child home if he/she exhibits any of the following symptoms/conditions that may indicate the start of a communicable disease:
- Temperature of 100 degrees or higher within the last 24 hours (must be fever-free for full 24 hours without the use of Tylenol or Motrin before returning to school)
- Diarrhea and/or vomiting within the last 24 hours
- Severe cough
- Severe cold, especially with greenish/yellow nasal drainage
- Undetermined rash (requires doctor’s note indicating it is not contagious in order to return to school)
- Sore throat and/or difficulty swallowing (must be on antibiotics 24 hours before returning to school with strep throat)
- Red, watery, burning, itching eyes or yellowish drainage (pink eye must be treated for 24 hours before returning to school)
By following these guidelines you will assist the schools in decreasing the spread of illness. We ask that you make arrangements to have a caregiver available in case your child becomes ill while in school. And, be sure that your child’s emergency contact information is current with names and phone numbers in the event that school staff need to reach someone who can pick your child up, or in case of an emergency.
Custodial staff is taking additional precautions to ensure that common areas within our schools are properly sanitized to minimize the spread of germs/viruses. And, as always, staff encourages students to regularly wash and/or sanitize their hands to prevent spread of a communicable disease.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the clinic at your child’s school.