Wareham Public Schools plan for possible coronavirus outbreak

Mar 2, 2020

Wareham Public School officials are planning ahead to prepare for a possible outbreak of the new coronavirus, covid-19, in the area. 

“We certainly are doing everything we can to keep our students and staff safe,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood.

Shaver-Hood met with all the school nurses on Monday, and said that principals were working with custodians to ensure that they were using the right supplies to disinfect the schools each day.

Shaver-Hood asked parents to work on good hygiene with their children and keep them home from school if they have a fever.
The Center for Disease Control has said that the best way to prevent the spread of the virus is through good handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoiding touching one’s face, staying home when sick, and coughing into one’s elbow.

The virus has put a damper on some international plans: A visit from Chinese exchange students, scheduled for May, has been cancelled.

The High School has planned a trip to the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and France for April vacation. Currently, none of those destinations are considered risky, but Shaver-Hood said the schools are monitoring the situation and may cancel the trip if necessary.

Shaver-Hood will post any relevant updates in the Announcements section of the schools’ website at www.warehamps.org.

For updates and more information concerning coronavirus, visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html