To the Parents and Community of Dwight Public Schools:
Dr. Richard Jancek, superintendent, received the following information in regards to concerns about the coronovirus (officially COVID-19).
The coronovirus (officially COVID-19) is obviously a headline here in Illinois along with the nation and the world. Illinois has had 2 confirmed cases to date, both of whom made a full recovery. I have spoken with my neighbors in the building, the McLean County Health Department, to get an understanding of what IDPH and the CDC are directing all county health departments to communicate to residents, and more specifically, schools. Bottom line is that as of now, it is not considered an outbreak in Illinois and the risk of infection is still quite low. I am sharing with you the information I received from the department's communicable disease specialist, Melissa Graven, on best practices and resources.
Although COVID-19 is still a low-risk for Illinois residents, including McLean County, now is the time to ensure good infection control measures are being practiced and to prepare in the event local community transmission does occur. Below are some guidelines the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has developed to assist schools to plan and prepare for COVID-19:
- Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-for-schools.html
- Community Mitigation Guidance for COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/preparing-individuals-communities.html
- Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html
- Interim Guidance: Get Your Household Ready for Coronavirus Disease, 2019: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/get-your-household-ready-for-COVID-19.html
The last resource above (Get Your Household Ready for Coronavirus Disease, 2019) can be shared with the families of students, and staff, in an effort to prepare their household.
The CDC’s website is an excellent resource to get accurate and up-to-date information related to COVID-19 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.