Updated 3/3/20

Giles County Schools officials sent out an announcement to all parents last week concerning the health and safety update of covid-19.

The announcement was in response to the recent and elevated attention to the Coronavirus in our national and local media.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that the current risk to the general public in the United States is low; however, they are preparing communities and schools for the possibility of “community” spread of the virus.

In the announcement it states school officials understand that school staff, parents, and community are concerned about everyone’s health and safety. Giles County Schools will be closely monitoring and updating guidance received from our local, state, and national experts.

We want to keep our students, employees, and community safe and out of harm’s way. Any locally confirmed cases will be reported to the appropriate healthcare officials. Anyone who is diagnosed with the novel coronavirus will not be allowed to return to school or work until cleared by healthcare officials.

Experts say washing your hands is the best way to prevent the spread of infectious illnesses like coronavirus. That's because one of the most common ways infections spread is when people touch a contaminated surface and then touch their mouth or nose.