Archived Coronavirus Updates
March 12 Update
Coronavirus (COVID-19) news from both the national and state level is very fluid and changing daily. The safety and health of our students and staff are of utmost importance, and we are implementing preventive protocols as we monitor and prepare to react to ever-changing conditions. As we have stated in earlier updates, CCSD is in constant communication with DHEC, local health and governmental partners, and state officials related to COVID-19. We are also monitoring school attendance and student symptoms/illnesses on a daily basis. CCSD will follow the guidance from DHEC and the state related to any impact that COVID-19 may have on school operations in the future. Should any school adjustments or closing be needed, parents and staff will receive immediate notification via the CCSD mass communication telephone callout system.
Please be aware of the following new information since our last update:
Field trips and travel restrictions in place until further notice:
- CCSD schools’ out-of-country field trips are cancelled for students and staff. By extension, all out-of-country district-sponsored travel for students and staff is being cancelled.
- CCSD schools will not schedule any new field trips of any kind, regardless of location.
- CCSD staff should not schedule any new out-of-state travel. (Note: training required for staff certification will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.)
- All previously scheduled out-of-state and in-state field trips are being reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
- These restrictions apply to all district staff and all district students.
Ongoing district preventative actions:
- School soap dispensers are being checked 3 times each day and refilled as needed.
- Daily disinfection of all high-touch surfaces and areas is being done nightly.
- All buses are being disinfected daily as a standard procedure by transportation staff.
- Hand sanitizers (wall-mounted) are being installed in all schools’ common spaces.
- Hand sanitizer centralized pump refill stations will be delivered to all schools next week.
- School nurses are assessing temperature and respiratory symptoms of students and staff and documenting information for DHEC.
- Glo Germ kits have been distributed to all schools to emphasize good hand-washing techniques and germ prevention.
Medical information and resources:
- Families with questions about self-quarantines, travel, etc. can call the DHEC Care Line at 1-855-472-3432.
MUSC has health resources for families with suspected Coronavirus illnesses at MUSC.care. Staff members are encouraged to use the MUSC Virtual Care telehealth program.
March 9 Update:
As of Monday, March 9 DHEC has identified six (6) cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in South Carolina, but only one is in our region. Over the weekend, DHEC reported that two cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) had been identified, one of which was in Charleston but not associated with the school district. According to media reports, the Charleston case involves a Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) employee “who quarantined herself after returning from a trip to France and Italy.” There is no indication that any CCSD students or staff have had direct contact with the patient as she has been quarantined since her return to the area. None of the DHEC-identified cases in South Carolina has an impact on CCSD operations beyond our increased emphasis on good hygiene as prevention.
CCSD is continuing to meet with local health and governmental partners and keep in close communication with DHEC and state officials related to COVID-19. We are also monitoring school attendance and student symptoms/illnesses on a daily basis. CCSD will follow the guidance from DHEC related to any impact that COVID-19 may have on school operations in the future. Should any school adjustments or closing be needed, parents and staff will receive immediate notification via the CCSD mass communication telephone callout system.
As a preventive measure, all CCSD schools received a handwashing education kit from CCSD Nursing Services over the weekend. The kits include videos with a fun and interactive focus on good handwashing techniques for students of all ages, as handwashing has been listed as one of the best prevention practices for COVID-19. Schools are also receiving Glo Germ TM ultraviolet flashlights to help reinforce good handwashing and germ control.
The following information is provided by DHEC and includes links to websites to help keep you updated on the latest regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19):
DHEC is closely monitoring a rapidly emerging national outbreak of a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and is investigating possible cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus in South Carolina.
As part of our ongoing outreach efforts, we want to make sure that we continue to update you on the latest DHEC and CDC guidance.
This guidance is based on what is currently known about the transmission and severity of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). We will update this guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available. This document is intended to be statewide guidance to help both schools and daycares inform their decision making.
In addition to checking DHEC’s website, please check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website periodically for updated interim guidance from the CDC.
No additional precautions are recommended for the public at this time, beyond the simple daily precautions that everyone should always take steps to stop the spread of illness, including getting the flu vaccine, washing your hands, covering your cough, and appropriately disposing tissues and other items contaminated with respiratory droplets.