Springfield Public Schools administrators are being proactive in outlining protective measures for COVID-19 within all schools within the district.
The district’s policies are being continually revised with the help of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department.
Here is what the district is doing:
- SPS is following the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control to focus on reviewing response plans and strategies that will be deployed in the event a case of coronavirus is confirmed in the Springfield community.
- As we do every flu season, SPS is being vigilant in its efforts to reduce the spread of infectious diseases by educating students and staff about practicing healthy habits and ways they can help prevent the spread of flu and the common cold. These same practices would also help prevent the spread of coronavirus. View tips for ways you can prevent the spread of germs at home.
- SPS custodial staff has an increased focus during flu season on disinfecting desks, door knobs, tables, drinking fountains and other surfaces to help prevent the spread of germs. Deep cleanings are also performed in the evenings at schools that are experiencing high absence rates due to flu-like symptoms.
- We are continuing to monitor student and staff absences related to illness and take appropriate measures if our school sees an increased number of absences.
- SPS will continue to work with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department and other appropriate agencies as they monitor and manage the current situation regarding both the flu and coronavirus.
- As we receive guidance from county, state or federal health professionals, we will share that information with you.
The district is asking families to help keep students and staff healthy with the following suggestions:
- Keeping children home if they are showing signs of flu, which include: fever (usually high), muscle aches and chills, headache, sore throat, extreme tiredness, sometimes diarrhea and vomiting; Also keep your child home when he/she has diarrhea, vomiting, low-grade fever.
- Children should be kept home until they are fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
- Minimize contact with others who are ill.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, especially when someone is ill.