CMS Is Making Plans To Handle Coronavirus

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) has made a second statement in the wake of two confirmed cases of coronavirus in North Carolina.

There has been two confirmed cases in North Carolina, one in Wake County and the other in Chatham County.

CMS previously made a statement before any confirmed COVID-19 in North Carolina. District leaders are currently working to prepare as the situation in Mecklenburg County can change quickly.

Due to this CMS has met with other school leaders this week in Greensboro to share best practices, and staff members have been in constant coordination with city and county health and governmental leaders, according to a news release.

Out of an abundance of caution, CMS has provided schools with guidance on travel for field trips for students and some restrictions on travel for staff to attend conferences.

“These decisions are made out of an abundance of caution to protect the health and safety of all CMS students and staff,” CMS Superintendent Earnest Winston said in a news release.

The district is providing families and staff with timely information and resources through CMS social media and in the “Spotlight” section on the homepage of the CMS website. According to CMS, these resources will be updated with more information as it becomes available.

Cleaning standards have also been reinforced at schools and office buildings, and the district will continue to educate students and staff about common steps to prevent all respiratory illness. Families are encouraged to keep children at home if they are sick.

“The safety and care of our school family is my top priority as superintendent,” Winston said. “In situations like these, we come to a deeper understanding of how closely connected we are, and I thank you for your help in our efforts to be prepared.”

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Though there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in North Carolina; Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are taking measures to be prepared.

The current risk to the general public is low but CMS knows that this could change, CMS Superintendent Earnest Winston said. The schools are working to monitor the situation closely.

According to a news release, CMS is following the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about planning for a coronavirus outbreak. They are also working closely with the Mecklenburg County Public Health Department.

In case an emergency plan is needed CMS is also working with other health and safety officials.

Should there be a coronavirus outbreak in Mecklenburg County, CMS will consider alternative learning environments and ways to prevent unnecessary exposures, including canceling or postponing any large events.

“We will reinforce our cleaning standards at our schools and office buildings and continue to educate students and staff about common steps to prevent all respiratory illnesses,” Superintendent Winston said

Custodians have also been instructed to spend extra time cleaning and disinfecting schools.

Our best protection at this time is prevention. We continue to recommend the same precautions that help to prevent the spread of all respiratory illness, including flu:

  • Follow your doctor’s orders: If your child is told to stay home, keep him or her home!
  • When children have a fever with cold/flu symptoms, keep them home from school until they have been fever-free (without the aid of fever-reducing medication) for at least 24 hours.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues, or cough or sneeze into your inner elbow.
  • Keep your fingers out of your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. If not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
  • Get a flu vaccination.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.