Dear Nativity Catholic School Parent and Guardians,
As you are likely aware, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently issued interim guidance to plan and respond to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). The Diocese of St. Petersburg and our school administration are closely monitoring the situation and coordinating with county, state, and national resources. We will continue to take steps to keep our children safe and prevent the spread of illnesses across our campus, some of which include:
- Asking that children and employees who have symptoms of respiratory illness are stay home and not come to school until they are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C], signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever- or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants).
- Scheduling regular times throughout the day for children to clean their hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Reminding students about coughing and sneezing etiquette.
- Routinely cleaning all frequently touched surfaces in the school, such as desks, computers, and doorknobs and providing disposable wipes so that commonly used surfaces can be wiped down before each use.
This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation; our community is prepared to alter our procedures and planning should the situation change. We are discussing strategies like virtual schooling and thinking ahead regarding the impact of spring travel, school trips, and other non-typical school activities might have. We will communicate any changes when the time is appropriate using our school-based communication system.
It is important to remember that handling the spread of a serious contagion like the coronavirus is primarily a task for public health agencies. We encourage you to learn more about preventing illness by visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website and by reviewing resources provided by our Diocesan Office of Worship: Holy Communion and the Flu, Health Reminders for the Mass.
In times like these, we are particularly grateful for the strength of this community and we join in solidarity and prayer for those impacted or working to treat those infected by the disease.
Please continue to look for further communications from us on this matter.