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Sheldon School District Closed Until March 22, 2020

MESSAGE TO FAMILIES: SCHOOL CLOSING

 

Dear Parents and Community Members:

 

As a school district, we have been closely monitoring the news and best practices regarding the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).  After taking guidance from the Vernon County Department of Health, we have decided to close the Sheldon R-VIII School District through March 22, 2020. This closure will take effect immediately.

The closure affects all school programming, including before- and after-school, activities, all athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions, and all weekend events.

The coronavirus is thought to be spread via person-to-person contact through contaminated air droplets from coughing and sneezing by infected person.  As with controlling the spread of other viruses, we urge you to speak to your child about the following prevention measures:

  • Eliminate social gatherings.
  • Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food.  Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20 seconds.  Be sure to also wash your fingertips.
  • Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air.  Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue away.  If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm.
  • As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.

The symptoms of the coronavirus are similar to the regular seasonal influenza and include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite, and coughing.  Some people with coronavirus have reported additional symptoms, such as a runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.  In some situations, the virus can develop into pneumonia.

Individuals who need medical care should call their medical provider to report their illness prior to seeking care at a clinic, physician’s office, or hospital.

Parents of students exhibiting fly-like symptoms or staff exhibiting flu-like symptoms or any individuals who have traveled, should contact the Department of Health and Senior Services Hotline @ 877-435-8411.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jason Irwin at 417-884-5111.

Sincerely,

Jason Irwin, Superintendent