On March 12, 2020, the four White County Superintendents met with the White County Health Department and the White County Emergency Management Agency to discuss the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). As of today, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in White County. Reports of school closings in the state of Indiana are based on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in those areas.
The four White County School Corporation Superintendents are monitoring developments with the COVID-19 closely. We will work in consultation with the White County Health Department, White County Emergency Management Agency, Center for Disease Control, and the Indiana Department of Education regarding the necessity to make a decision on distance learning opportunities.
We received the following information from the Indiana State Department of Health:
“There currently is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The CDC recommends taking the same preventative steps that help stop the spread of any respiratory infection, including influenza, which is a greater public health threat locally. This includes washing hands often with soap and water, staying home when you are sick and covering a cough or sneeze.”
As this is a fluid situation, which is unchartered territory, we will continue to work together to make informed decisions which are best for the health and safety of our students and staff.
As we are approaching spring break, we are reminding all parents to monitor the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website concerning travel restrictions. It should be noted that additional travel restrictions may be implemented that result in a student’s ability to attend school upon their return. As such, if a student does travel in an area which is restricted, they may be subject to self-quarantine, as outlined by the CDC.
We will continue to work with our staffs to ensure that our schools are being cleaned and sterilized on a daily basis. Our custodians are focused on cleaning high touched areas (doors, water fountains, light switches, desks, etc..). We will continue to update our students and parents with any new information which we acquire.
Dan Sichting, SUPERINTENDENT