As promised, we are continuing to monitor the situation with the novel coronavirus (CoVid19). Recently two probable cases have been identified in the Tampa area. One case in Hillsborough County and one in Pasco County. I want to assure you that our school is keeping track of this situation through proven and trustworthy sources: our local health department, the Florida Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
At this time, the risks to our school community continues to be low.
Updated information from the CDC on coronavirus in the United States can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html and in Florida at: http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/. Additionally, I have attached two printouts from the CDC on preventive care as well as care should you be exposed and become symptomatic.
Much is being learned about this newly emerged virus. Based on the current information, health officials are recommending local communities and schools should take the same steps to protect against coronavirus as we take to prevent the spread of everyday illnesses like the common cold or the flu:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Keep your child home when sick.
- No student should return to school until fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications such as Tylenol or Motrin.
- Cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
The 2019 novel coronavirus is believed to be spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes, much in the way the flu and other respiratory viruses are spread. Symptoms can be fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.
The administration meets daily to create a plan of action, preventive care, and ways to share the information with the school and community to keep everyone well informed.
While a new type of illness can be frightening, we can protect our students, teachers, and the broader community by using simple everyday actions that protect people from other types of respiratory viruses. The teachers and staff are working to encourage these simple and effective habits of frequent handwashing, covering every cough or sneeze, and cleaning classroom tables/surfaces frequently. We have stepped up these measures with our cleaning crews and our day to day habits. This is important not just to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, but to help prevent the spread of other infections that can lead to student illness and absences.
Additionally, with spring break right around the corner, you can access CDC travel advisories at:
As always, please feel free to reach out should you have any concerns.
Suzanne Douglass, BSN, RN
Director of Student Health Services
Admiral Farragut Academy