Update on COVID-19

Update on COVID-19
Posted on 03/09/2020
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The River Road Independent School district in conjunction with the City of Amarillo Public Health Department is continuing to actively monitor developments and information related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Our first priority is the safety of our students and staff, and we have taken steps to plan, prepare, and develop additional health and safety protocols should those become necessary due to an illness outbreak.  For example, our Maintenance/Custodial Dept. is implementing additional cleaning procedures and we’ve ordered additional chemicals  to assist in disinfecting classrooms and schools quickly and efficiently if that becomes necessary.  We have asked our employees to help wipe down the high touch areas within our school during the day.  These high touch areas include: keyboards, writing utensils, desk, door handles and any other item that is frequently handled.

We have also encouraged our students and staff to ensure proper handwashing techniques by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.   

If your student is sick please notify your child’s school and keep them at home until fever free for at least 24 hours without medication.

The CDC continues to stress that the health risk to the American public remains low and the best way to prevent the spread of any disease, including coronavirus, is through proper hygiene.  We can all do our part by practicing these habits and teaching our students to do the same.

Recommendations from the CDC:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds on a regular basis. (Use hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol if soap and water is not available.)  **It is important to have all students, at a minimum, wash their hands before eating and after going to the bathroom.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cough or sneeze into your bent elbow or a tissue and dispose of the tissue in the trash.
  • Stay home and seek medical attention if you’re sick.
  • The CDC does not recommend people who are well wear a facemask.  They should only be worn by people who show symptoms of coronavirus to help prevent the spread of the disease.

Again, thank you for all you do for our kids.  If you have specific questions about this topic, please don’t hesitate to call Kim Franks our District Nurse at 806-383-8867 ext 4008.