Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
The health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff are our highest priority here at Midlothian School District 143. Tuesday’s announcement by the Centers for Disease Control about the likely spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout the United States has understandably caused concern.
Although the number of diagnosed cases in the United States is relatively low, the virus is expected to spread throughout the country. We want to take a moment to reinforce best-practice preventative safety measures and reference our working process, decision-making, and communication in the event of a virus infection affecting our School District.
- Families with students that have returned recently from mainland China should not attend school for 14 days after the return date. We also encourage family members of these students to not attend work if they also traveled to mainland China. This precaution will remain in effect for the foreseeable future.
- At this time, neither federal nor state health authorities are recommending that schools cancel classes. Should the situation worsen and warrant the closing of school, Midlothian School District 143 will communicate with families and the community via our emergency phone line and the district webpage.
- Our custodial staff, continues to follow the recommended processes for cleaning and disinfecting with products registered with the Environmental Protection Agency.
While the coronavirus news is concerning, we believe it is important to point out that, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health, there are other respiratory viruses like influenza currently circulating in Illinois. Fever, coughing, and difficulty breathing are symptoms associated with all of them. Therefore, anyone exhibiting these symptoms should not be assumed to have COVID-19. If your student, or anyone in your family, develops such symptoms, we urge you to contact your medical provider immediately. In the meantime, we reiterate the following common sense actions that you and your family can take for protection:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Here are links for more information on the coronavirus outbreak: