DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- In a letter to Dothan City Schools families, Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Edwards, says the risk to DCS for coronavirus is low.
DCS is taking a few steps to proactively prevent the spread of any contagion. The school system will no longer travel for out-of-state field trips or sporting events. Also, they are temporarily halting student self-service and ‘share tables’ in participating cafeterias.
These steps are in addition to well-known preventative measures like asking students that show signs of sickness to stay home until they are 72-hours free of fever.
The school system has also released a Coronavirus: What You Need to Know Informational Flyer.
You can read Supt. Edwards' complete letter below.
Letter to our DCS Families
March 10, 2020
Dothan City Schools is in close communication with the Alabama Department of Public Health and will continue to follow their guidance and recommendations regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. At this time, there are no confirmed or suspected cases in Houston County or Alabama, and the risk for COVID-19 remains low for Houston County.
Although the risk is low, we would like for Dothan City Schools to remain vigilant and prepared for the safety of our students and staff. The US Center for Disease Control recommends the following precautionary measures to reduce risk:
• 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.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
The practices identified above are taught as part of our health curriculum to help protect students from common illnesses such as cold and influenza. Our teachers will review these strategies at school, and we encourage parents/guardians to review these strategies with your child as well.
If your child is ill, keep them home from school and notify the school of your child’s absence. A child with a heavy cough and cold, vomiting, and/or fever should stay home. A child must be fever-free, without fever-reducing medication, for 72 hours before returning to school. We encourage parents/guardians to seek medical attention from a healthcare professional should your child have a fever, cough and/or shortness of breath.
Additional measures are taken by Dothan City Schools include:
• Canceling all out-of-state school-sponsored field trips and sporting events
• Temporarily discontinuing student self-service and ‘share tables’ in participating cafeterias.
We will continue to watch the developments surrounding COVID-19 with the assistance of the Alabama Department of Public Health and related agencies. If needed, we will communicate additional steps necessary to protect the health of all of our students, families, and staff. Dothan City Schools has also established an Urgent Update Center at dothan.k12.al.us/covid19
The safety, health, and well-being of our staff, students and school community will, as always, continue to be our priority. We will continue monitoring the development of COVID-19 and plan accordingly in partnership with local, state, and federal health and government officials.
Learn More about COVID-19:
CDC Symptoms of Coronavirus
CDC Coronavirus Fact Sheet
CDC Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions
Seek medical advice if you develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently been in an area with the ongoing spread of COVID-19.
Dr. Phyllis Edwards