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Coronavirus Updates

March 6, 2020

Dear Baltimore County Public Schools Families,

Team BCPS has been working closely with the Baltimore County Department of Health (BCDH) to ensure that we are prepared to prevent, and if necessary, respond in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 disease in our community. We are coordinating with federal, state and local public health and safety partners to take public health actions, as necessary, to keep the community safe. As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, BCPS will continue to work to implement public health recommendations and share updated information with the community, as it becomes available.

2020欧洲杯预选赛时间I would like to highlight the steps that we have taken to protect students and staff:

  • Daily briefings: I have met with physicians from the Baltimore County Department of Health, as well as with key staff from the Division of School Climate and Safety. Updates are received on an ongoing basis so that key Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) staff members are abreast of current information and protocol, allowing for a proactive and thorough systemic response.
  • Ongoing communication with staff from the Baltimore County Department of Health: Staff from the Office of Health Services receive daily updates (in addition to as needed information) on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Maryland Department of Health about our COVID-19 response and plan.
  • Regular updates to school nurses:  Staff from the Office of Health Services e-mail school nurses about recommended practices (such as reinforcing handwashing) as well as any changes in protocols and procedures.
  • Review and reinforcement of school cleaning:  Operations staff, as well as staff from the Department of Transportation, have been reminded of the importance of adherence to cleaning and disinfection protocols and the need for frequent checks and restocking of handwashing supplies, e.g., soap and paper towels.  In addition, staff have verified that BCPS is using recommended products and has a sufficient supply on hand.
  • Establishment of a COVID-19 Task Force: A task force, including representation from across the organization, as well as from the Baltimore County Department of Health, has been convened and will meet regularly to coordinate a timely and thorough response.
  • Enhanced communication with school community:  An overview of the systemic response is posted on a dedicated page on our Web site and is available in multiple languages. The Web site will be updated on an ongoing basis to include tips and resources.

2020欧洲杯预选赛时间Once again, I want to assure you that staff from the Office of Health Services remain in close communication with the Baltimore County Department of Health, and routinely monitor guidelines received from the CDC and the Maryland Department of Health (MDH). I would ask, as a best practice for overall health, that we all engage in everyday, preemptive measures to prevent the spread of germs, including:

  • Reinforcing handwashing: Be a good handwashing role model. Parent(s)/guardian(s) are encouraged to partner with their child’s school staff to model, educate, and remind students about handwashing and respiratory etiquette. Details on are available for your perusal, as well as .
  • Practice good hygiene: Model best practices for coughing or sneezing. To help stop the spread of germs, the CDC recommends covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve, not your hands. Wash your hands with soap and water after each cough or sneeze. A video on proper , is available that demonstrates best practices for coughing and sneezing hygiene.
  • Keep sick children home from school:  If your child has symptoms of illness, check his/her temperature (be sure to have a working thermometer in your house). If your child has a fever of 100˚F or higher, they should be kept home until the fever is gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine (like Tylenol). If you haven’t already done so, work with your friends and family to come up with a plan for someone to be with your child when he/she is sick and unable to attend school.
  • And don’t forget about you: One final practice that helps prevent the spread of respiratory disease is avoiding close contact with people who are sick. If you are ill, you should try to distance yourself from others, so you do not spread your germs. Distancing includes staying home from work when possible.

2020欧洲杯预选赛时间At the time that this letter was distributed, the Maryland Department of Health has confirmed three cases of COVID-19 in the State of Maryland. At this point in time, we are focused on prevention; however, we are being proactive in planning should the need arise to close Baltimore County public schools and facilities due to an outbreak. In the event that schools would need to be closed, we are prepared to utilize our Web site and Schoology to provide instruction to our students. We would continue to use the BCPS Web site to provide updates regarding school activities, safety information, and expectations as far as the reconvening of school.

School administrators and teachers are cognizant of the need to be flexible with students for making up missed work after an absence due to illness. We want to make it as easy as possible for families to make the decision to keep students’ home from school if they are sick. If you have concerns regarding missed schoolwork due to illness, please contact your child’s guidance counselor - they will help work to create a plan with teachers.

Staff from the Office of Health Services remain available to address any questions and concerns you might have regarding the COVID-19. Nurses can be reached between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily, at 443-809-6368.  Additional information on the coronavirus is available at:



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2020欧洲杯预选赛时间Sincerely,

Darryl L. Williams, Ed. D.
2020欧洲杯预选赛时间 Superintendent


March 6, 2020

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between coronavirus and COVID-19? 

2020欧洲杯预选赛时间A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the  and cause mild illness, like the common cold.

The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified on/about December 31, 2019, in Wuhan, China. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have a  (COVID-19) available.

Where can I get the latest information on places that have been affected by COVID-19?

2020欧洲杯预选赛时间The maintains a webpage with up-to-date information about the number of cases and latest science.

What is Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) doing to protect students and staff?

  • Maintaining ongoing communication with staff from the Baltimore County Department of Health:  Staff from the Office of Health Services receive daily updates (in addition to as needed information) on guidance from the CDC and the Maryland Department of Health about our COVID-19 response and plan. As guidance changes, BCPS procedures and protocols are reviewed and updated to ensure that they are consistent with the latest guidance.
  • Providing regular updates to school nurses:  Staff from the Office of Health Services e-mail school nurses about recommended practices (such as reinforcing handwashing) as well as any changes in protocols and procedures.
  • Reviewing and reinforcing school cleaning:  Operations staff have been reminded of the importance of adherence to cleaning and disinfection protocols and the need for frequent checks and restocking of handwashing supplies, e.g., soap and paper towels. In addition, staff have verified that BCPS is using recommended products and has a sufficient supply on hand.
  • Establishing a COVID-19 Task Force:  A task force, including representation from across the organization, has been convened and will meet regularly to coordinate a timely and thorough response.
  • Educating and reminding students and staff to regularly and frequently wash their hands:  Posters with handwashing techniques are being posted in schools and offices around the county. Students and staff are being reminded to wash their hands regularly.  Hands should be washed before all meals, after coughing or sneezing, after using the restroom, and before and after using shared items such as math manipulatives, computers, and other shared educational materials.

What can parents do to protect their children?

  • Reinforce handwashing and be a good handwashing role model: Parent(s)/guardian(s) are encouraged to partner with their child’s school staff to model, educate, and remind students about handwashing and respiratory etiquette. Details on are available for your perusal, as well as .
  • Practice good hygiene: Model best practices for coughing or sneezing. To help stop the spread of germs, the CDC recommends covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve, not your hands. Wash your hands with soap and water after each cough or sneeze. A video on proper , is available that demonstrates best practices for coughing and sneezing hygiene.
  • Keep sick children home from school:  Be sure you have a thermometer in your house. If your child has symptoms of illness, check his/her temperature. If it is 100˚F or higher, your child should stay home until the fever is gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine like Tylenol. If you haven’t already done so, work with your friends and family to come up with a plan for someone to be with your child when he/she is sick and unable to attend school.

Should field trips be cancelled?   

2020欧洲杯预选赛时间We are coordinating with the Baltimore County Department of Health to take public health actions, as necessary, to keep the community safe. We have been advised that at this time, there is no need to cancel field trips. Should a field trip be planned to an area with a community spread of COVID-19, BCPS will review the proposed trip with the Baltimore County Department of Health to determine if the trip should be cancelled.

Should I wear a mask or have my child wear a mask?  
Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask:

  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
  • The use of facemasks is crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

February 27, 2020

Dear BCPS Families,

Baltimore County Public Schools administrators and staff are aware of and working proactively to address concerns regarding the spread of influenza and COVID 19 (novel coronavirus). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting that, at this time, the health risk to the general American public remains low; however, I want to update you on our efforts to ensure the health and safety of all students and staff in our buildings. We also want to educate staff, students, and community members about precautionary measures that can be taken.

2020欧洲杯预选赛时间Symptoms of influenza and COVID 19 are similar; persons infected with these viruses often have fever, cough, and shortness of breath. One of the precautionary measures that our employees are taking to prevent the spread of COVID 19, as well as all infectious diseases, includes effectively cleaning schools and office buildings. We are also encouraging staff and students to wash their hands regularly to prevent the spread of illness. 

2020欧洲杯预选赛时间As a best practice for overall health, especially in the influenza season, the CDC recommends that individuals receive the flu vaccine (it’s not too late) and engage in everyday, preventative measures, to prevent the spread of germs, including:

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. After using a tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like flu.

2020欧洲杯预选赛时间Staff from our Office of Health Services remain in close communication with the Baltimore County Department of Health and monitor guidelines received from the CDC and the Maryland Department of Health (MDH). School nurses have received detailed information about COVID 19 and steps that should be followed in schools. They have also received supplies for use in the unlikely case that a person was in a school with symptoms of COVID 19.

Please rest assured that we will continue to work collaboratively with the CDC, MDH, Baltimore County Health Department (BCHD), and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).

2020欧洲杯预选赛时间Staff from the Office of Health Services is available to answer questions related to COVID 19 and the BCPS response. Nurses can be reached daily from 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at 443-809-6368.

Please refer to the following resources for additional information:

Sincerely,

Darryl L. Williams, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Baltimore County Public Schools

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