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What is the current status of CCPS closure?

Direction was provided to Florida school districts on March 17th, that all public schools in Florida continue to be closed through April 15, 2020. Therefore, Collier County Public Schools will be CLOSED to all students from Monday, March 23rd through Wednesday, April 15th. Additional school closures will be re-evaluated in two weeks and any changes will be communicated as soon as available.

  • CCPS sites
  • before and after-school programs held at CCPS sites
  • extracurricular activities, including athletic practices and competitions, will be canceled
  • Adult and Community Education classes will be canceled
  • District leases will be suspended
  • planned District-sponsored student in- and out-of-county travel will be canceled

How will I receive information regarding school closure?

Information regarding any school closure(s) will be provided to parents using all of the District’s communication methods including phone dialer, email, text, website update, and social media. We ask that all parents visit the CCPS Portal to make sure their contact information is up-to-date to ensure they receive important information.

 

TRAVEL INFORMATION REGARDING SELF-ISOLATION

What are the current guidelines regarding self-isolation?

According to Florida Governor's Executive Order 20-80 issued on March 23, 2020, all persons whose point of departure originates from outside the State of Florida in an area with substantial community spread, to include the New York Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey and New York), and entering the State of Florida through airports to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into the State of Florida or the duration of the person’s presence in the State of Florida, whichever is shorter.

According to guidance from the Florida Department of Health-Collier, as of March 13, 2020 at 3:30pm, employees and students must self-isolate for 14 days due to travel to:

  • China, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Iran, or Hong Kong
  • all Level 3 countries (click here for list)
Regarding cruises:
  • only cruise passengers that are part of a known contact investigation are considered Level 2 and need to self-isolate for 14 days
  • general cruise passengers (Caribbean, etc.) are considered low risk and do not need to self-isolate
If self-isolation is needed, the 14-day period starts upon return of travel.

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

What is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath

How does COVID-19 spread?

The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

How many days does it take to get sick from the virus after exposure?

The CDC believes that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear between 2 to 14 days after exposure. This period is called the incubation period.

If an individual is showing symptoms, what should they do?

The goal is containment to stop any transmission. If an individual has flu-like symptoms, but has not traveled or come in contact with someone that has traveled recently from China, Iran, Italy, South Korea, Hong Kong, or Japan, or has gone on a cruise, they should call their doctor and stay home. If an individual has come in contact with a person that has traveled to those countries, or has traveled themselves to those countries, they should contact the local health department and then their doctor.

What should I do if I had close contact with someone who has COVID-19?

  • Call your local county health department.
  • Seek medical care. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Do not travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading the virus to others. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • CDC has additional specific guidance for travelers available online.

 

DISEASE PREVENTION

How can I help prevent the spread of illness?

Practicing good hygiene can help to limit the spread of viruses in our schools. A virus may live on surfaces such as desks and doorknobs, so as a safeguard, custodial staff will continue to regularly clean classrooms and common areas. The current recommended precautions to avoid exposure to the virus are the same precautions you would take to avoid the flu.

To keep your family safe:

  • Wash your hands. Wash your hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds. If soap is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid close contact. Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Cover cough or sneeze. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or cough and sneeze into your elbow
  • Avoid touching face. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay home if sick. Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care. If your child is sick, keep them home from school
  • Disinfect often. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

Should I use hand sanitizer or soap and water?

Soap and water is the most effective preventative measure. As an important everyday preventative measure for the spread of viruses, CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, using alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol will prevent the spread of the virus.