Edwardsville Community Unit School District #7, in collaboration with our school nursing staff and custodial/maintenance department, is monitoring Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) news releases and guidelines regarding measures to prevent the spread of communicable diseases, such as Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Our measures to prevent the spread of flu-like symptoms include additional cleaning and disinfecting of common high-touch surfaces, instructing our students and staff to use proper handwashing techniques, advising everyone to cover coughs and sneezes, as well as to avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth. We also ask parents to keep students out of school if they exhibit any signs of illness. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends staying home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone. Your child’s fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine before returning to school.
We are sharing a fact sheet from the CDC discussing symptoms, preventative actions and other facts about the Coronavirus. As further instructions become available from the Madison County Health Department, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the CDC, we will make appropriate adjustments to our practices.
Dr. Jason Henderson