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Public Health Update 1/29/20: Coronavirus

Public Health Update 1/29/20: Coronavirus

With recent news about the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), you or members of your family may have some questions about this virus and how it is spread. When it comes to public health concerns, Clarkston Community Schools takes direction from the CDC, Oakland County Health Division, and Clarkston Medical Group physicians with our district's on-campus health centers. As such, we wanted to pass on information we've learned about this new coronavirus.

The Oakland County Health Division is monitoring reports of 2019-nCoV, first identified in Wuhan, China. While there have been cases identified outside of China, all of these individuals are known to have recent travel associated with the Wuhan area. At this time, there are no confirmed cases of the virus in Oakland County, and only a limited number of 2019-nCoV cases confirmed in the United States from travelers returning to the U.S. from abroad.

Health experts are still learning the details about how this new coronavirus spreads. Other coronaviruses and respiratory illnesses are spread mainly via respiratory droplets of an infected person, through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes and touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose, and/or eyes.

The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (about the length of time it takes to sing the ABC's). They suggest individuals avoid touching their face with unwashed hands and avoid close contact with those who are sick.

The incubation period for 2019-nCoV is estimated to be between two and fourteen days. If you were in China in the last 14 days or exposed to someone who has been to China and feel sick with a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should follow the steps on the CDC's website.

Please remind your child to frequently wash their hands and take care not to share food and drinks with friends. If your child presents with a fever or any of the common symptoms associated with 2019-nCoV, please keep them home and contact your family physician for guidance. The best way to prevent the spread of any illness - including even the common cold - is to keep sick children home.

Clarkston Community Schools routinely cleans and disinfects surfaces, especially during cold and flu season. If you are inclined to supplement the tissue supply at school, please check with your child's teacher to see if they are running low and what they might find helpful for their classroom. Together, we can maintain a safe and healthy school environment for all learners and educators.

CCS Student & Staff Health Center Information

When students aren't feeling well, they have a harder time learning. Providing families with access to health care at school puts kids in a better position to learn. Through a unique partnership with Clarkston Medical Group, we can now accommodate most common medical needs of all Clarkston Community Schools students and staff in our on-campus clinics at North Sashabaw Elementary School and Sashabaw Middle School.

Health Center Hours at Sashabaw Middle School

  • Tuesdays from 7:30am-11:30am
  • Thursdays from 7:30am-11:30am
  • New! Fridays from 7:30am-4pm

Health Center Hours at North Sashabaw

  • Tuesdays from 12:30pm-4pm
  • Thursdays from 12:30pm-4pm

To make an appointment, please call (248) 623-8100.

Public Health Resources

About Clarkston Community Schools: Clarkston is a highly regarded school district with an enrollment of nearly 7,100 students. We have seven elementary schools (K-5), one middle school serving grades 6-7, one junior high for grades 8-9, and Clarkston High School, which serves students in grades 10-12. We also have an Early Childhood Center serving children ages 3-5, and an alternative high school/community education facility. Clarkston Community Schools students are well-prepared for a future that excites them, and believe that they can achieve their dreams. The mission of Clarkston Community Schools is to create a learning environment where students, staff, and families are challenged, healthy, engaged, safe, and supported.

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