The Bossier Press-Tribune newsroom just received this press release from the Bossier Parish School System concerning the school system’s current plan for combatting the Coronavirus outbreak:
Dear Bossier Parish Schools Families,
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced today that 14 “presumptive positive” cases of COVID-19 coronavirus are being monitored in the state, one of those in Caddo Parish. We know you have concerns; Bossier Schools shares those same concerns, and wants to bring you up to date on actions being taken.
The district is working in close partnership with health experts with the Louisiana Department of Health/Office of Public Health (DHH/OPH), as well as Bossier Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, and will continue to follow their guidance in this evolving situation. Bossier Schools is also communicating with other school districts and the Louisiana Department of Education. It is presently our intent to re-open school Monday, March 16, 2020, unless additional information is received.
As shared last week on BossierSchools.org, the district is being proactive by taking additional steps to keep our students and employees safe. Some of those measures include:
Increased sanitation procedures through the regular use of broad-spectrum spray disinfectant/sanitation products in all classrooms and high-traffic areas throughout the campuses (cafeterias, restrooms and other common areas) for enhanced sanitation
Enhanced training of the custodial staff about proper sanitation procedures
Incorporated the Transportation Department in increased sanitation measures on buses
Networked with other national school nurse programs to develop best practices for preparedness and response
Monitored classroom/grade level health trends and absenteeism and provided daily assessment of student health
The DHH/OPH continues to closely monitor the situation and advises everyone to follow the same precautions they normally would in cold and flu season:
Stay home and seek appropriate medical attention if you have a fever or are feeling sick.
Avoid contact with people who are sick.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue and place it immediately in the trash.
Even with these presumptive positive cases, the Louisiana Office of Public Health says the risk to the general public is low. The overall risk to children also remains low. To learn more, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
Thanks for your partnership. As this situation continues to evolve, it is our commitment to be transparent and keep you well-informed.
~Mitch Downey, Bossier Schools Superintendent
BPT will update this post as additional information is made available.