LPS sends letter to families regarding coronavirus
Lincoln Public Schools officials are addressing concerns about coronavirus in a letter sent to families.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Lincoln Public Schools officials are addressing concerns about coronavirus in a letter sent to families. The letter says protocols are in place and “all the essential precautions” are being taken to respond to a possible outbreak, adding that LPS is working with local health officials to monitor the situation.
You can read the full letter below:
Dear Lincoln Public Schools families,
The emergence of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in China and its spread to other parts of the world has generated a great deal of news and questions over the last few weeks.
At Lincoln Public Schools, we want to assure families that we are taking all the essential precautions and we have protocols in place to respond to any outbreak of communicable diseases within our schools. We have been working closely with the Lincoln/Lancaster County Health Department as they monitor the situation and we will follow their instructions.
LPS has an Infection Control Committee that continuously monitors and works diligently year-round to make sure we are prepared.
The Infection Control Committee includes community partners such as the County Health Department and local health care providers to monitor illness in the community and within the schools, helping us guide our coordinated response.
We will follow our protocols and continue to communicate with families by email and phone using our School Messenger system and on our LPS website if there are any changes or concerns.
We’d also like to take this opportunity to remind you it is still cold and flu season and we encourage everyone to continue to practice good hygiene and virus prevention practices. This includes:
- Maintain good hand hygiene by washing your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze using a tissue or your elbow.
- Stay home or keep your child home if there is a fever of at least 100 degrees. Your child must be fever free without the aid of medication for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
- Get your flu shot when possible.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your health care provider or Lincoln/Lancaster County Health Department. You can also visit the Centers for Disease Control website more information about COVID-19.
Thank you for partnering with us to keep all of our students healthy. We will continue to keep you updated with any additional information as needed.
Wendy Rau, RN
Health Services Supervisor