Community R-VI COVID-19 Coronavirus Plan and FAQ
March 12, 2020
Dear Community R-VI, Parents, Staff and Community:
There is no higher priority for our entire Community R-VI School District family than the safety of our students, staff and community. I want to assure you that we are in close communication with local and state officials and internal teams, as well as continuing to monitor the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) in order to stay on top of this evolving situation. Below are common questions we are receiving from our families and the public, along with our responses. We hope these updates help reassure you that Community R-VI is taking this situation very seriously, that we are adjusting our practices in response to new information from public health officials and that we continue to prioritize the safety and learning of our students.
● Will RSD close schools? Currently, Audrain County Health Department officials do not recommend closing schools.
● If schools are closed, how will students continue to access their education? Our technology director is working with staff to develop alternative learning plans in the event they are needed.
● Are health-related absences due to COVID-19 concerns excused from school? Some children and family members may be at higher risk for severe illness because of underlying health conditions or a weakened immune system. We are asking parents to make the best decision for their families. Please notify the school if you will be keeping him or her home.
● How will the Community R-VI School District keep families, staff and students informed regarding coronavirus? Any district updates will be conveyed through regular channels of communication – including email and voice messaging, the district website (cr6.net) and social media.
● What is the protocol for cleaning and disinfecting schools and buses?
Staff have been directed to prioritize cleaning common and high-traffic areas multiple times a day. Prioritized cleaning includes bathrooms, the cafeteria, common spaces, door handles, emergency bar on doors, etc. All efforts will be made to keep students healthy and safe.
● When should a student or staff member stay home?
If students or staff experience fever of 99.4 degrees or higher, cough and/or difficulty breathing, the CDC recommends they should stay home from school and contact their health care provider immediately.
● Will school events and travel be canceled?
School events, including athletics and local field trips, are not canceled at this time, but that remains a possibility.
● What conversations should parents have with their children at home?
We know families, staff and students are concerned. We are committed to keeping you informed and working with you to keep our school communities safe. Would you like some resources to share with your children? Here’s an informative graphic resource from NPR.
● Where can I turn for more information?
○ Audrain County Health Department
○ Missouri Department of Health
Rest assured, we are monitoring this developing situation closely, staying in regular contact with federal agencies, health organizations and other experts. We will continue to adjust our operations according to the recommendations of health authorities as the situation develops. If you have questions, contact your Community R-VI school. Also, on March 11, the MO DHSS opened a statewide public hotline for citizens needing guidance regarding COVID-19. That hotline is operated by medical professionals and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The phone number is 877-435-8411.