Tulsa, Okla. — The Center of Disease Control says that people should prepare to work or do school work remotely as the coronavirus continues to spread in the United States. They say more cases are likely to be found in the coming days, and it’s likely that person-to-person spread will continue.
We reached out to some local school districts to see what their plans are.
Tulsa Public Schools says they are carefully monitoring the virus and staying connected to the health department for updates.
"Student health and safety remains a priority for Tulsa Public Schools and we are carefully monitoring the full scope of the coronavirus. There is not a day that goes by at Tulsa Public Schools that we do not evaluate our practices and work to improve the ways that we keep our students and teachers safe, healthy, and secure. We are actively working with the Tulsa Department of Public Health and Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency to stay updated on the status and spread of the coronavirus.
We are still taking this potential health issue seriously; we are continuing to monitor schools for outbreaks and regularly disinfecting schools during and after school hours. In the event of respiratory or gastrointestinal outbreaks, our school nurses and school leaders would follow the protocols we have in place to track illnesses, notify health department officials, disinfect schools, and keep staff and parents updated."
Jenks Public Schools officials said they will not be sending their students to China in March for the foreign exchange program due to the coronavirus.
“As a District, we are continuously reviewing and re-evaluating our plans and procedures for potential outbreaks of communicable diseases. Jenks High School has an exchange program with a school in Chengdu, China. Students from China travel to Jenks in September, and normally, students from Jenks go to China in March. Due to the outbreak of the Corona Virus, the trip to China has been canceled.In any situation involving disease control, Jenks Public Schools will closely follow the recommendations and guidelines set forth by the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the Tulsa Health Department.”
Owasso Public Schools says they are keeping in contact with the Oklahoma State Department of Health reminding students to frequently wash their hands.
”Our district leadership is aware of the discussion related to the coronavirus and has had ongoing dialogue internally about the issue as it relates to our schools. Our district’s health care professionals are in contact with the Oklahoma State Department of Health and we will continue to rely on their expertise and guidance as we move forward. In the meantime, we continue to stress the importance of frequent hand washing and general best practices for cold and flu season to our students, as has previously been recommended by OSDH and the CDC."
Broken Arrow Public Schools says they will continue to use cutting-edge cleaning and disinfecting techniques to prevent illness in the schools.
“Broken Arrow Public Schools has a documented history of using cutting-edge cleaning and disinfection techniques to prevent illness and maximize student and staff health. While it is important to note there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma, the district will follow the guidance of local, county, state and federal health officials to be best prepared for any possible situation.”
Union Public Schools declined to comment.
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