Monticello and Drew Central School Districts address Coronavirus concerns

Monticello and Drew Central School districts both have released a letter and statement to parents about the Coronavirus, CoVID-19. Both school districts have increased cleaning and sanitizer use in the schools with Monticello School Districts releasing they are using the PhenoD Hospital Disinfectant fogger on the weekends. Both districts are watching updates closely and will close schools if our local area is significantly effected and both ask parents to keep sick children at home. Below are the letters from each school district.
Drew Central:
"Dear Parents and Community Members,
The Drew Central School District administration team is closely watching the COVID-19, Coronavirus. Along with ABM, our custodial service, Drew Central personnel has increased our efforts to keep buildings and surfaces cleaned daily with additional sanitizers.
We encourage everyone to practice healthy habits including:
    ▪    Wash Hands often (after using the bathroom, before eating a meal or snack, after activities where shared objects like athletic equipment and computer keyboards are used, after coughing, sneezing or blowing nose) with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol based hand sanitizer.
    ▪    Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
    ▪    Avoid close contact with people who are sick (at school and home).
    ▪    Cover your coughs or sneezes in your elbow or into a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
    ▪    Students and staff should not return to school until fever-free (temp 100.0 or greater) for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.
We will continue to communicate with you as information is released to us in the days and/or weeks to come. It is possible that we may need to cancel classes if it is confirmed the coronavirus has affected out area in a significant way.
As always the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff remain our top priority. If you have questions or concerns, do not hesitate to call me at 870-367-5369.
Sincerely, Kimbraly Barnes, Superintendent, Drew Central School District"
Monticello's letter reads:
Dear Parent,
The Monticello School District is closely watching the Coronavirus situation. Monticello is taking an active role in reducing the likelihood of a Coronavirus outbreak in our school district and our community.
The Monticello School District has increased efforts to keep all buildings and surfaces cleaned daily with sanitizers. On the weekends our maintenance department is using PhenoD Hospital Disinfectant foggers to sanitize all buildings.
We encourage everyone to practice good habits including:
    •    Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Wash for 20 seconds, using soap and hot water. He sure to also wash along your fingertips.  
    •    Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, and them throw the tissue away. If you don't have tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm.
    •    As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
    •    If children are feeling sick, please keep them home from school. Allow them some time to feel better so that they do not risk infecting others.
We will continue to communicate with you in the days and weeks to come. It is possible that we may need to cancel classes if it appears the coronavirus has affected our community in a significant way.
As always the safety of our students, staff and families remain our top priority. We will act out of an abundance of caution to protect everyone's health and wellbeing.
If you have any concernsor questions, please call me at 870-367-4000.
Sincerely, Sandra Lanehart, Superintendent, Monticello School District"

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Monticello, AR 71657

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Monticello, AR 71655

Phone: 870-367-5325
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