Letter to our DCS FamiliesMarch 10, 2020
Dothan City Schools is in close communication with the Alabama Department of Public Health and will continue to follow their guidance and recommendations regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. At this time, there are no confirmed or suspected cases in Houston County or Alabama, and the risk for COVID-19 remains low for Houston County.
Although the risk is low, we would like for Dothan City Schools to remain vigilant and prepared for the safety of our students and staff. The US Center for Disease Control recommends the following precautionary measures to reduce risk:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
The practices identified above are taught as part of our health curriculum to help protect students from common illnesses such as cold and influenza. Our teachers will review these strategies at school, and we encourage parents/guardians to review these strategies with your child as well.
If your child is ill, keep them home from school and notify the school of your child’s absence. A child with a heavy cough and cold, vomiting, and/or fever should stay home. A child must be fever-free, without fever-reducing medication, for 72 hours before returning to school. We encourage parents/guardians to seek medical attention from a healthcare professional should your child have a fever, cough and/or shortness of breath.
Additional measures are taken by Dothan City Schools include:
- Canceling all out-of-state school-sponsored field trips and sporting events
- Temporarily discontinuing student self-service and ‘share tables’ in participating cafeterias.
We will continue to watch the developments surrounding COVID-19 with the assistance of the Alabama Department of Public Health and related agencies. If needed, we will communicate additional steps necessary to protect the health of all of our students, families, and staff. Dothan City Schools has also established an Urgent Update Center at dothan.k12.al.us/covid19
The safety, health, and well-being of our staff, students and school community will, as always, continue to be our priority. We will continue monitoring the development of COVID-19 and plan accordingly in partnership with local, state, and federal health and government officials.
Learn More about COVID-19:
Seek medical advice if you develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently been in an area with the ongoing spread of COVID-19.
Dr. Phyllis Edwards
The following is information from the Alabama Department of Public Health in regards to the coronavirus COVID-19. It states that students and staff returning from China or areas with active community transmission may have been exposed to COVID-19 and must self-monitor symptoms for 14 days after leaving the affected area. Students and staff must contact ADPH Infectious Diseases & Outbreaks Division at 1-800-338-8374 immediately upon return to Alabama. These students and staff must be excluded from school for the duration of this monitoring period. They are asked to remain home and to avoid congregate group settings such as church, concerts, buses, etc.
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Kelly Springs Elementary will be celebrating Read Across America on March 2 – 6, 2020
Monday - Read Daisy Head Mayzie and wear your hair crazy "If you purchased a Blue Horton T-shirt wear it today.
Tuesday - Read My Many Colored Days and wear many colors on display
Wednesday - Read Cat in the Hat, be like Thing 1 and Thing 2 find a friend to dress like you
Thursday - Read How the Grinch Stole Christmas, wear green and be like the Grinch, let your heart grow 3 sizes that day and do something in a kind way
Friday - We will have a guest reader, so be creative like Dr. Seuss and invent your own new and exciting character, we will have Seuss on the loose
Mini Mermaid Running Club
We are so excited to announce that we are starting a running club at KSE for 3rd-5th grade girls!!! Our season begins on March 9th, which is just around the corner!!! We will run every Tuesday and Thursday after school from 2:45 to 4:15. Our last practice run at school will be April 23. On Saturday, April 25, we will run the Superhero 5k at Westgate Park. The cost is $25. Your runner will get a t-shirt, bib, and a writing journal. DEADLINE TO SIGN UP IS FEBRUARY 27...there will be a $25 late fee after that.Information went home last week, however if you need another copy just have your kiddo ask me or email me at email@example.com.Please check out the club website to learn more!!