Information regarding COVID-19 from District 7

District 7 parents and community members,
 
This morning, Madison County Superintendents met with the Madison County Health Department to be briefed on recommendations regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus).  I would like to give the following assurances to District 7 families:
 
1.     As of today, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Madison County. 
2.     Madison County Health Department has confirmed that there is NO TRUTH to the rumor on social media regarding any District 7 student(s) being tested for COVID-19. 
3.     District 7 will follow the recommendations of the Madison County Health Department moving forward as it relates to canceling events or in the most extreme case—canceling school.  At this point, there are no additional recommendations other than using the same precautions that would be used for the prevention of any other communicable disease. 
 
Below is a joint statement regarding COVID-19 from the Regional Superintendent of Schools in conjunction with the Madison County Superintendents.  
 
Respectfully,
 
Dr. Jason Henderson
Superintendent
Edwardsville CUSD7
 
 
For Immediate Release from the Madison County Regional Superintendent in conjunction with the Madison County Superintendents
 
The Madison County Superintendents and the Regional Superintendent of Schools, Rob Werden, met today with the Director of the Madison County Health Department, Toni Corona, to hear recommendations from the Health Department regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Superintendents collaborated and shared information regarding our approaches to addressing the potential spread of COVID-19 in our districts.
 
We continue to monitor the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) news releases and guidelines regarding measures to prevent the spread of communicable diseases, such as COVID-19. All districts across the county are increasing our disinfecting efforts in both resources and frequency, giving special attention to high-touch areas. Our staff are encouraging students to wash hands frequently, not touch their faces or mouths, and to cover coughs and sneezes.  We are following the recommendations shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
 
We are asking parents to please keep your children out of school if they exhibit any signs of illness, such as cough, fever, breathing problems, etc. Please follow your district’s typical procedures for reporting your child absent from school.
 
Director Corona stated, “As of today there are no confirmed cases in Madison County of COVID-19.” Madison County Health Department will continue advising individual school districts in the event of a confirmed case. The Health Department shared COVID-19 doesn’t seem to be targeting school age children at this time.
 
Resources are available for families through the Madison County Health Department website at www.madisonchd.org.
 
As this situation continues to remain fluid, all districts are exploring options to meet students’ individual needs to ensure a continuity of education.