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Coronavirus Information-UPDATED 3.24.20

March 15, 2020

Malcolm Public Schools is working with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, Nebraska Health and Human Services, and the Department of Education to follow all CDC guidance regarding proactive and reactive measures related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

 

Please see the attached information from Mr. Terwilliger regarding Coronavirus: 


 

COVID-19 Resources and Information:

 

● Continue to follow best practices recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for keeping yourself and your family healthy during cold and flu season. Please visit the following (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html) to review these best practices.

 

 

● Use of School Facilities by External Groups: Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, the use of Malcolm campus facilities by outside groups, teams and patrons will be prohibited. This includes community groups and community use of the weight-room, playground, track and practice fields.

 UPDATED Letter for Mr. Terwilliger  AS OF 3.24.20

 

Based on the current epidemiological risk factors, and projections by state, federal and national health officials, Malcolm Public Schools (MPS) will remain closed indefinitely—continuing with remote instruction without students in the school buildings. Per comments made at the state level, we will review our current closure situation on April 30th. Although this date is the next “benchmark”, there is a strong possibility that schools will need to remain closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year. As a district, we are holding on to hope, but will only reconvene if it is deemed a safe and responsible move.

 

I am sure, that these recommendations (to keep schools closed) are not undertaken lightly. State officials understand the long-lasting ramifications of an extended closure—on students, families, staff, businesses, and the economy alike. It has obviously been determined that COVID-19 presents a clear and present danger.

 

Our main resources—Four Corners Health Department, Public Health Solutions, and the Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department—all strongly support the idea of an extended closure. Each have determined COVID-19 is easily spread from person-to-person, and it is not safe for large groups of people to gather. They all agree that the latest epidemiological evidence has shown that persons, including children, can spread the COVID-19 virus before symptoms develop. Extended closures are meant to help our communities “flatten the curve,” and prevent community spread. The only way to slow the spread of disease, and help the medical professionals treat those infected, is to practice social distancing—keeping 6 ft. between persons and limiting their person-to-person contact, in large or small groups. While children are out of school, travel, as well as, locations such as shopping malls, movie theaters, bowling alleys, laser tag or other arcades, and community centers should be avoided.

 

In addition, we encourage those who need general information about COVID-19 to call 2-1-1 or the NE Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Information Line at (402) 552-6645.

 

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I’ve included a few things anyone can do to protect themselves from COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses. We encourage you to continue using these guidelines:

• Practice social distancing. Stay 6 feet away from the person or persons next to you.

• Avoid close contact with sick people and stay home if you are sick.

• Wash your hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren’t available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

• Cover your nose and mouth when you cough with your elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

 

If you have any questions, regarding our response to COVID-19, or our remote learning instruction, please feel free to contact us.

 

Ryan Terwilliger
Superintendent
Malcolm Public Schools

 

 

 

 

 

Ryan Terwilliger

Superintendent

Malcolm Public Schools

 

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