Update for March 7, 2020
March 7th Update from Dr. Robbins
Dear Kershaw County School District Families,
Update: The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced the investigation into two cases of possible cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Friday. Officials said one case is located in Kershaw County while the second is located in Charleston County. According to DHEC, the case in Kershaw County involves an adult female who has been hospitalized and is in isolation. DHEC’s Dr. Linda Bell stated, “While the risk to the public remains low, there is no evidence of ongoing transmission in the community at this time and our primary goals remain prevention and control.” South Carolinians are still reminded to take steps to protect themselves against a more present threat — the flu.
KCSD Guidance/Response: Similar to how our district works during cold and flu season, we are ensuring our custodial staff is cleaning thoroughly. We decided to bring in our custodial team this weekend to go through our buildings hitting door handles, desks, water fountains, bathrooms, etc. for good measure. We will be using Lysol, Clorox, and other alcohol mixtures, all approved by the CDC as products that will kill COVID-19. If your child is ill, please keep him/her home. Likewise, we will be communicating the same to our employees. We know we have a hardworking and dedicated staff; however, now is not the time to “work through it,” as some would say.
Worst Case Scenario: Because KCSD is one of South Carolina’s eLearning districts, we have the authority to enact eLearning if there were to be a significant community outbreak. The South Carolina Department of Education will expand the program for other districts in response to COVID-19. https://www.live5news.com/2020/03/05/sc-dept-education-considers-elearning-program-expansion-response-coronavirus
Prevention: Other steps South Carolinians can continue to take to help stay healthy include:
- washing your hands,
- covering your cough,
- staying home when you’re sick, and
- appropriately disposing of tissues and other items that you've sneezed or coughed into.
Dr. Shane Robbins, ATC