Dear Rockwood Parents:
The Rockwood School District has received a number of questions from students, staff, parents and the media about the coronavirus (COVID-19). Area school districts are working together and with public health agencies to address this dynamic health issue.
I asked Rockwood Supervisor of Wellness and Health Services Amy Wehr to share some important resources with our community.
Thank you for your partnership as we work to keep our Rockwood community safe and healthy.
Mark Miles, Ph.D.
Greetings, Rockwood Community Members:
According to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), approximately 60 people in Missouri have been evaluated for coronavirus (COVID-19), but no cases have been confirmed to date. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has been working diligently to prepare for any/all outcomes related to COVID-19 and will continue to do so. Administrators in the Rockwood School District will continue to collaborate with representatives from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the St. Louis County Department of Public Health, and DHSS to actively monitor and obtain the most up-to-date information regarding the flu and coronavirus.
As you are likely aware, the CDC has issued recent advisories related to the coronavirus. Coronavirus is a large family of viruses with common symptoms similar to the flu. Those include a fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. While coronavirus has been confirmed in the United States, those cases remain relatively rare. Missouri DHSS has a website dedicated to information about this new illness. The CDC also provides resources and information about the coronavirus.
Recently, we shared information with parents and community members outlining the District's guidelines regarding influenza and other illnesses, and how our custodial staff members have been increasing routine cleaning measures to include disinfecting high-touch surfaces and desktops. In addition, they are spraying disinfectant on surfaces and throughout buildings.
As a reminder, staff and students exhibiting influenza symptoms should stay home from school and should not return until generally feeling well, and being fever-free for at least 24 hours. The CDC recommends the following tips to prevent influenza:
· Get vaccinated for the flu yearly (ages 6 months and older).
· Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
· Practice good hygiene and frequently wash hands with soap.
· Stay at home if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms.
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
· Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be
contaminated with germs.
· Seek medical evaluation for chronic health issues and/or
Rockwood is currently reviewing its pandemic crisis plan, which has been in place for years. In addition, administrators are exploring ways to provide alternate educational opportunities in the event schools are closed due to the spread of the coronavirus.
The health and well-being of our students and staff are priorities in the Rockwood School District. We appreciate your support as we work together and follow these important guidelines to keep members of our Rockwood community safe and healthy. Please feel free to reach out to me or your school nurse if you have questions.
Amy Wehr BSN, RN, NCSN
Rockwood Supervisor, Wellness and Health Services