Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information

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See below for more information and daily updates on the Coronavirus Response by Transylvania County Schools and our community partners.

COVID-19 Update 15 - March 30 - “Stay At Home” Order Takes Effect
03/30/2020
We have settled into our Virtual Day schedule through May 15. Over the last two weeks, we have refined our delivery of meals and academics, and now we are set to stay the course. According to Governor Cooper’s most recent order, everyone in the state should “Stay At Home” except for essential business, starting today, March 30, at 5pm.
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COVID-19 Update 14 - March 27 - Stay At Home
03/27/2020
Thank you for helping us get through an incredible week. On Monday, we continue our schedule with Virtual Day #12. Our elementary students have now received packets for several weeks, and Chromebooks are going home for students in grades 3 through 5. Today, Governor Roy Cooper also announced an executive order for North Carolinians to stay at home starting March 30 at 5:00 pm for the next 30 days, except for performing essential work, to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Note for staff who receive paper checks— this does mean checks are being mailed, and will not be available for pickup as usual.
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COVID-19 Update 13 - March 26 - Learning Packets
03/26/2020
Friday, March 27, is Virtual Day #11 for all students. Learning packets are ready between 8am and 4pm at elementary schools, and families have also received messages from principals about plans for Chromebooks in grades 3 through 5. Meals are available for every child age 18 and under in the community. Read on for more details.
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We have a plan. It's already in motion.

Transylvania County Schools Pandemic Plan - Emergency Planning describes actions for Transylvania County Schools to take directly and in conjunction with partner agencies to mitigate and prepare for any outbreak, and when needed, to activate response and recovery plans.

Transylvania County Schools Pandemic Plan

If cases of coronavirus disease occur in our area, what will happen next?

On March 22, 2020, the first confirmed case of COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease) was reported in our area. In all that follows, we continue to rely on Transylvania Public Health to report any new cases, and we will engage in the same interagency cooperation that marks any threat response in our area. We will partner with county public health and public safety, emergency management, law enforcement, and any other agencies assisting in the response.

There are scenarios for using school system resources as part of a community-wide response and recovery to an outbreak. We remain constantly aware that schools play a central role during events that engage the whole community.

Depending on the nature of any threat and response, we remain confident that strong partnerships, built during periods of planning and preparation, will help us deal effectively with any incident.

What can parents do proactively to protect their child’s health?

As noted above, during cold and flu season, by far the most important thing families can do is to model and teach good hygiene with hand-washing, coughing, and sneezing, and to take common sense precautions to protect against the spread of respiratory illness. It is always important to wash or sanitize hands after using the bathroom or touching door handles, shared computers, etc.


Last reviewed or updated: March 22, 2020

IMPORTANT LINKS FOR FAMILIES

Transylvania County Schools aims to help children, parents, and guardians remain informed about the current state of the coronavirus outbreak. With good information, and by planning to make good choices about hygiene and behavior, we can limit the spread of infection for our sake, and for those around us.

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CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Coronavirus Page
WHO (World Health Organization) Coronavirus Page
NCDHHS (NC Department of Health and Human Services) Coronavirus Page
Transylvania Public Health Home Page
Transylvania County Government Coronavirus Updates


What is your question about Transylvania County Schools operations during this time?

Please see the infectious disease/pandemic plan posted on this page for general information about our preparation for dealing with COVID-19 in our community. If you have a specific question about school planning and operations and cannot find your answer here or by contacting your school, fill out our form and send us your question.

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We cannot give medical advice, and for clear, current, and accurate information we strongly recommend everyone to use the websites above for local, state, and national health officials.

The first, best line of defense is for everyone to practice social distancing and good hygiene—limit your family’s movements, cough and sneeze into your elbow or tissues, wash your hands frequently, and most importantly stay home when you have any flu-like symptoms. Call your chosen health care professional (including urgent or emergency care) before traveling to seek a diagnosis or treatment.

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