As health officials take measures to prepare for the possible spread of the COVID-19, Coronavirus, I want to assure you that the safety and well-being of our students and staff are our top priority. As many of you know, schools have an important role in preventing the spread of viruses. For this reason, I would like to share with you important information regarding the Plaquemines Parish School District's preparation and plans.
As the situation evolves daily, we will continue to monitor all information being sent by federal, state, and local health officials related to the school’s role in the prevention effort. The Plaquemines Parish School District will disseminate information relevant to the health and safety of our community on our school district website (ppsb.org).
I ask that you please follow the guidance of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on avoiding the spread of germs. These Coronavirus Prevention tips are basic measures to prevent the spread of many illnesses, including Coronavirus.
- Stay home and seek medical attention if you are sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and then throw the tissue away.
- Disinfect and clean frequently touched surfaces.
- Avoid close contact with individuals who may be sick.
In the schools, we will continue to ensure that all surfaces are cleaned more frequently. The custodial staff will increase the intervals of sanitizing doors, desks, chairs, and other common areas while extending their time on campuses to meet these demands. The transportation and food service departments are also taking additional precautions in an effort to prevent the spread of germs.
Other safety measures include the requirement of all employees to complete online training for common illness prevention. Also, the PPSB registration process will now include specific questions with regards to travel.
As we address this situation within our school system with care and diligence, there is no reason for any of us to be unnecessarily alarmed, fearful, or anxious. As advised, it is simply best to use common sense, due caution, and be prepared. With this being said, please update the contact information with your child’s school and have a plan in place in case your child becomes ill.
Thank you for your support and cooperation. As always, our shared goal is the safety and well-being of our entire community.
Denis Rousselle, Ed. S.