Letter from the Superintendent, March 4
March 4, 2020
Dear Parents and Employees:
In recent weeks, much information (and misinformation) has been shared about the coronavirus.
On Monday, representatives from Gaston County Schools were invited to join officials from the Gaston County Department of Health and Human Services, CaroMont Health, and other health and public service agencies, including law enforcement and emergency management, for a discussion about the coronavirus and what steps would be taken should an outbreak ever occur in Gaston County.
Everyone involved in the meeting agreed that it is good to be proactive and prepared without inciting fear and panic. It is important for citizens to understand that only one case of the coronavirus has been reported in North Carolina (Wake County/Raleigh area). No cases have been reported in South Carolina.
Here in Gaston County, there is a webpage (www.gastongov.com/coronavirus) that is serving as our community’s source for information with regular updates. We hope you will take time to visit the webpage if you have questions about the coronavirus. The school district will remain in contact with our health department, CaroMont Health, and other local agencies as well as the N.C. Department of Public Instruction and work with them should an outbreak happen here.
Actually, the seasonal flu is more of a concern right now. As you know, it is the time of year when the cold, flu, and stomach bug are common, and that is why we encourage you to review the following “germ buster” tips:
■ Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. If you cannot wash your hands, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Be sure to wash your hands before touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth.
■ Make sure to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Use a tissue or cough/sneeze into the bend of your arm if you do not have a tissue. After you cough or sneeze, throw the tissue away and wash or sanitize your hands.
■ If you are sick, consider staying at home. Parents should keep their child home from school if a fever is present. The child may return to school after 24 hours of no longer experiencing a fever (without using medicine that lowers fever).
■ Use soap and water or an approved cleaning product to disinfect surface areas, including handrails, door knobs, and light switches, on a regular basis.
Our schools are following the tips listed above to prevent the spread of germs associated with the cold and seasonal flu. We hope you will do your part by keeping the tips in mind.
Please know that we appreciate your continued support of our schools. If you have questions, feel free to contact your child’s teacher, the principal, or the school nurse.
W. Jeffrey Booker, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools