Notice to Parents
Thursday, March 12
Dear Central Lyon Families,
In continuing to prioritize the health and safety of all students and staff, we are taking this opportunity to update families on our district plan regarding communicable diseases, including coronavirus (COVID-19). With any contagious illness, Central Lyon Schools works closely with local, state, and national health departments and will adhere to their directives.
In collaboration with public heath, it has been determined that this evenings PTC Soup & Pie Supper will be postponed. In efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, public health officials have recommended social distancing measures that will cause next week’s non-essential activities such as the Boys Basketball Banquet, 6-12 Vocal Music Concert, and the Middle School Mixer to be postponed as well. We will continue to work closely with public health to evaluate when non-essential activities will resume.
Currently there are no immediate plans for short-term or extended school closures and the timing of any closure will be done only at the direction of public health officials. However, we are sharing this information with an abundance of caution so that families have time to prepare and create plans should the need arise. Public health officials have alerted us to this possibility as a public health strategy. We will continue to monitor the situation and communicate pertinent updates.
Students, families and residents who have traveled outside the United States in the last two weeks or planning trips in the coming weeks should review the information provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html) and determine the need to register with the Iowa Department of Public (IDPH) for monitoring. Presently, the CDC is requiring families who are returning from China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea to self-quarantine for 14 days.
As a reminder, individuals can help protect themselves from COVID-19 and other infections by:
- Staying home from school if you are not feeling well.
This includes students and staff who have a temperature of 100.0 or greater without the use of medications including Tylenol or ibuprofen.
- Call your primary healthcare provider before showing up at the clinic or emergency room for assessment of your symptoms.
- Avoid close contact with sick people, and adhere to social distancing recommendations.
- Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces, in addition to avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
For additional information about COVID-19:
- Call 211: to speak with public health officials about questions or concerns
- Iowa Department of Public Health: https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus
- General Information from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html
We are grateful to have open lines of communication between public health agencies to ensure we are updated on the latest information, and can plan in the best interest of our students, families, and staff. While there is a level of uncertainty with the timing and severity of the spread of COVID-19, please trust that we are fully engaged in our planning, monitoring, and response in consultation with public health officials.