Limiting close face-to-face contact with others is the best way to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
In Rockwood schools, all students, staff and visitors will social distance to the extent possible. Social distancing of at least six feet remains one of the best preventative measures for reducing the spread of COVID-19. It is recognized that this cannot be accomplished at all times, and distancing of at least three feet has been shown to reduce infections.
Social distancing will be practiced in combination with other everyday preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including every student, staff member and visitor in Rockwood schools wearing masks; avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands; and frequently washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Why Practice Social Distancing?
COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact for a prolonged period. Spread happens when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks, and droplets from their mouth or nose are launched into the air and land in the mouths or noses of people nearby. The droplets can also be inhaled into the lungs. People can spread the virus before they know they are sick, so it is important to stay at least six feet away from others when possible, even if you—or they—do not have any symptoms.
Although the risk of severe illness may be different for everyone, anyone can get and spread COVID-19. Everyone has a role to play in slowing the spread and protecting themselves, their family and their community.
What Counts as Close Contact?
- You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period.
- You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19.
- You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them).
- You shared eating or drinking utensils.
- They sneezed, coughed or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.
For more information about social distancing, please visit the CDC website.