Coronavirus (COVID-19) may have closed school buildings in the Mount Vernon City School District for now, but the highly contagious and aggressive virus can’t keep the district’s 650 teachers and 8,500 students down during this time at home. They are transitioning successfully to digital learning – consuming video content, having classroom discussions and completing assignments for teachers all online.
We are continuing to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in our surrounding communities. So far, we have not been notified of any confirmed cases in Mount Vernon City School District. We have several students and staff that have made a personal decision to self-quarantine out of an abundance of care. That does not mean that these people are positive for the virus. They may have had indirect contact with an infected person or simply showing signs of a typical cold or flu and exercising recommended precaution.
As of this moment, Mount Vernon has no confirmed cases. Various district staff have reported indirect contact and consequently have elected to self-quarantine. Indirect contact means that they have been in some proximity to an infected person or associated with someone who may have had contact with a confirmed case. In those instances, guidance from the Department of Health does not recommend that the District take any action. However, as we have worked to reduce possible exposure, we are looking at each situation on a case by case basis and making decisions accordingly. Our primary goal is to ensure that all students and staff remain safe.
The Mount Vernon City School District’s custodians have begun a thorough disinfecting and sanitizing of its school buildings today, Thursday, March 5th. The cleaning – which will kill all flu-like viruses, including Novel Coronavirus – will be done over the next four days and schools are expected to reopen on Monday morning on a normal schedule.
Dear Parents/Guardians/Staff,We are working diligently to ensure that our students have access to a computing device during this unprecedented time. To that end, we will be distributing loaner laptops to our high school students in need tomorrow. Each family/student will be given a loaner device. You will be contacted by a school official prior to Wednesday with instructions regarding time, location, and proper identification to receive the device. Subsequently, we anticipate distributing additional loaner devices each Wednesday through the month of April per designated K-8 Schools.
Yours for the Sake of All Children,
Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton
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