Alex Public School Stakeholders,
There has been a lot of news lately pertaining to the COVD-19 virus. COVD-19 is a respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. It has caused an outbreak of respiratory illnesses and the United States has confirmed COVD-19 cases in the US. Recently, Governor Stitt has confirmed 1 COVD-19 case in Tulsa Oklahoma. I want to assure you that our school district is keeping track of this situation through proven and trustworthy sources: The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), The Oklahoma State Department of Education (SDE), and the US Center of Disease Control (CDC). These health officials believe the risk to our school and community is low at this time.
Updated information from the CDC on coronavirus in the USA can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html. A letter from State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister can be read here.
Much is being learned about this newly emerged illness. Based on the current information, health officials are recommending local communitities and schools should take the same steps to protect against coronavirus as we take to prevent the spread of everyday illnesses like the common cold or the flu:
The coronavirus is believed to be spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes, much in the way the flu and other respiratory viruses are spread. Symptoms can be fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. At this time, persons considered at risk are those with travel listed as level 2 or 3 on the CDC website. Alex custodial staff are an amazing group and are working hard to sanitize all hard surfaces with our electrostatic sanitizer fogger and hard surface specific spray made by clorox. We are also ensuring that there is plenty of alcohol-based hand sanitizer available for our students and staff.
In summary, our primary mission is to ensure all our students and staff are safe. We are taking this situation very seriously and I hope our overprecaution is just that overprecaution. If you or anyone else connected to Alex Public Schools is planning on traveling this spring break, please do not hesitate to contact me or your child’s principal for further information. As alway, I may be reached at the office at 405-785-2605 ext 3 or by cell 580-678-0240 or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thank you for your time and patience.
Dr. Jason James.