The following information is in response to the current situation involving the Coroavirus in the United States. We are committed to ensuring the safety of our students and families at Appleton City R-II.
Appleton City R-II Superintendent
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus strain spreading from person to person in China and other countries including the United States. Health experts are concerned because little is known about this new virus and it has potential to cause severe illness in some people. Reported cases have ranged from mild illness (like the common cold) to severe pneumonia that requires hospitalization. Symptoms of this virus may include fever, cough and difficulty breathing, and can appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Most of the severe illnesses and deaths have been reported in persons with compromised immune systems, chronic illnesses and the elderly, and risk to the general public is relatively low.
The Appleton City R-II school district will be using time over spring break (March 16-20) to do additional cleaning and disinfection of our school buildings. As with all viruses and infections our current cleaning procedures remain in place with an emphasis being placed on extra cleaning of bathrooms, cafeteria, common spaces, desks, and door handles, etc. All efforts will be made to keep our students and staff healthy.
Influenza A and B, as well as Strep throat continue to circulate in our community so please be mindful to continue to follow our district illness policy at all times.(This policy may be found in your child’s school handbook) If your child is sick, please keep them home from school and school related activities and contact the school to report the illness symptoms. If your child has a fever if 100 please keep them home until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication.
Steps you can take to prevent your child or family from getting sick are:
*Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
*Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
*Avoid contact with people who are sick.
*Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
*Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and throw away immediately after use and wash your hands.
* If your child becomes sick while at school instruct them to see the nurse for a temperature check so they may be removed from groups of other people as needed in order to prevent the spread of illness.
If you would like more information on Coronavirus or how to protect yourself and family from illness, The Centers for Disease Control has many reliable articles on their website that you may want to view.
Any calls for basic COVID-19 information should be directed to Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) activated a statewide public hotline for citizens or providers needing guidance regarding the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19. The hotline is being operated by medical professionals and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and may be reached at (877)435-8411.