This message is in regards to the emerging health event known as Covid 19 or the Coronavirus. This morning I had a meeting with Wabash County superintendents, Manchester University and the Wabash County Health Doctor to discuss the impact and response to the emerging health event.
After discussing the health impact with county health officials and educators, we are working on plans that allow us to continue to provide educational opportunities while providing safety precautions. Health and government officials are suggesting the following precautions:
- Limiting non-essential large gatherings of people. (Governor Holcomb released a statement suggesting gatherings should be limited to around 250 or less.)
- If you are exhibiting signs of upper respiratory illness, fevered or any flu like symptoms, please stay home.
- Individuals over 60 years of age or those with a known underlying health issue such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or chronic respiratory disease should limit their public exposure.
- Frequent use of soap and hand sanitizer should be used by everyone.
With these precautions in mind, we are evaluating all extra-curricular and co-curricular trips/events. The three Wabash County superintendents made the decision to continue to hold tomorrow night's Wabash County Honor's Band/Choir but are now limiting the event to two tickets per family to keep the number of individuals in the audience to the 250 threshold. Holding other events will be decided on a case by case basis considering the distance, location and size of the event.
We encourage families to keep students who are exhibiting any signs of illness home. Please encourage your children to exhibit good hygiene habits such as frequent hand washing. If your child has exhibited symptoms similar to this virus or have had exposure to someone, please notify your child’s school.
Wabash City Schools will continue to be vigilant in keeping your children safe. Mayor Scott Long has organized a countywide task force to discuss how we deal with this health event if/when it reaches Wabash County. This group meets tomorrow at 1pm. As this plan is formulated, we will pass it along to all of you and our families.
Again, this is an ever-changing health event. Wabash County Health officials stated that at this point our best strategy is prevention. Keeping good hygiene, not bringing large groups of people together in close settings and staying home and resting when ill are the best steps we can do to prevent the virus from spreading. But they also urged that people do not panic. The current virus seems to be similar to the traditional flu and if it is such, when temperatures warm and become more dry, we should see cases dissipate.
Thank you for all that you do to support your children working with our school system to keep them safe. Please check official school media sites for updated information on school, co-curricular and extra-curricular events. Please let me know if you have any questions. Part of keeping students and the community safe is providing accurate and up to date information. I will provide changes to this information as I receive it.