All current information shows there are no confirmed coronavirus cases in South Dakota.
However, I want to take a moment to share with our community some of the steps we are taking at Madison Central School District in preparing for any potential coronavirus situation in our area. We want to prepare and do everything we can for the safety and protection of our students and staff.
We have developed additional plans for the cleaning of our facilities, and procedures for the extra cleaning of computers, buses, door handles, desktops, walls and many more common use areas to help stop the spread of germs.
Additional items identified by the CDC are the simple steps of students and staff washing hands frequently, not touching your eyes, nose or mouth and to sneeze into a tissue or your arm and not your hand. As another precaution, we will be installing additional hand sanitizer stations located in many areas throughout the school buildings for use by students and staff.
We will utilize information we receive from the Department of Health along with information from the CDC and will follow up with updates in the future as we receive new information. Please visit the South Dakota Department of Health website for the most recent information. The South Dakota Department of Health website is: https://doh.sd.gov/news/Corona...
Supt., Madison Central School District
What can we do to prevent the spread of respiratory illness?
- Wash hands for 20 seconds. Washing hands often under clean, running water can help prevent the spread of germs. If you cannot wash your hands, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60-95% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue to cover coughs and sneezes, then dispose of the tissue. When a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow. Follow up by cleaning hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer.
- Getting a flu vaccine. It is currently flu and respiratory disease season and the CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine, taking everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed.
- Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.