Mitchell County Schools: Health Information
Mitchell County Schools: Health Information

Governor Roy Cooper has just ordered all public schools in North Carolina close for at least two weeks beginning Monday, March 16, due to COVID-19 (coronavirus).  Please know that we will continue to work throughout the weekend on plans for our system during this closure. More guidance for schools is expected from the state level tomorrow afternoon and we will update you as this information becomes available.  Mitchell County Schools continues to follow the guidance of local, state, and federal health officials regarding all communicable diseases. With the current concerns around COVID-19 coronavirus, the state of North Carolina has no reported cases at this time. Medical experts have indicated that the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are the same recommendations for preventing the spread of the flu. 

 

The district has hand sanitizer stations near the Main Entrances of all of our facilities. All hard surfaces will be appropriately cleaned with EPA-registered disinfectants. Also, additional refresher training is being provided to our custodial team. Our buses will be disinfected appropriately as well. The district is encouraging students and staff to follow basic prevention guidelines. Here are some helpful tips that with everyone's help will aid in prevention:

1. Avoid close contact. - Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

2. Stay home when you are sick. - If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.

3. Cover your mouth and nose. - Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Flu and other serious respiratory illnesses, like respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), are spread by cough, sneezing, or unclean hands.

4. Clean your hands. - Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. - Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

6. Practice other good health habits. - Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust protocols and processes as warranted.

 

Additional Information and links:

  • What you need to know about Coronavirus (English) can be found here; in Spanish here.
  • Coronavirus Q&A can be found here.
  • How to Clean and Disinfect Schools to Help Slow the Spread of the Flu information is available here.
  • Coronavirus updates from the CDC can be found here.