Media reports have continued to increase about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in recent days.  The New Albany School District (NASD) has been very diligent in following the recommendations and guidelines of both the Centers for Disease Control and the Mississippi Department of Education.

School administrators, nurses, and custodians have continually met to implement plans to ensure that staff and students are kept as well as possible by increased cleaning efforts and educational awareness.

“Our custodians have been instructed to clean with virucidal disinfectant cleaner and to also use an industrial grade disinfectant to spray surfaces such as doors, door handles, and areas that are frequently touched at least twice during the school day.  Teachers have been advised to clean their classrooms and work spaces with disinfectant wipes. Cleaning supplies and hand sanitizers are being furnished to teachers by the school district if needed and are available through the nurse’s office on each campus,” explained Dr. Lance Evans, Superintendent.

“We have asked our teachers to remind our students regarding effective illness prevention practices and would appreciate these practices being reinforced at home to keep our students healthy,” said Tammie Reeder, BSN, RN, NCSN Health Services Coordinator for New Albany Schools.  These practices include:

  • coughing into the elbow
  • using tissues and disposing of them properly
  • washing hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
  • avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth
  • avoid sharing personal items with others
  • avoid eating or drinking after others
  • stay home when sick

Please visit this link for facts from the CDC. This resource is full of many interesting things regarding COVID-19, including its origin and symptoms.