VCS leadership is constantly monitoring recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and our local Department of Public Health agency, the South Health District.
At this time, public health has two recommendations for those concerned with COVID-19:
Families are asked to follow the following guidelines for reducing the spread of any respiratory illness:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren't readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes, preferably with a tissue and throw that tissue away.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home from school or work (except to get medical care) if you are ill.
- Call ahead before visiting your doctor.
- Separate yourself from other people when you are ill.
- Avoid sharing personal household items with others who are ill.
- Clean all "high-touch" surfaces every day.
Valdosta City Schools encourages parents, students, and staff to be aware of the symptoms of illness and not to report to school if they experience fever, along with any of the following symptoms:
- Sore Throat
- Shortness of Breath
- Body Aches
- Sometimes Diarrhea and Vomiting
Students or staff who experience a high-grade fever (oral temperature 100 degrees F or above) will be sent home and not allowed to return to school until they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications. No one should report to school when they are running a fever.
If you still have questions, feel free to reach out to your local health care provider or our local health department(s). See the attachment below for contact information for Georgia Public Health Districts and Departments.