KCSD Recommendations for a Healthy Season
Dear KCSD Families,
As we enter the fall and winter seasons, it's an important time to emphasize practices that can help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses like the flu, COVID-19, and RSV. These precautions include:
- Frequent handwashing with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds.
- Coughing or sneezing into your elbow, not your hands.
- Staying home when you're feeling unwell or displaying symptoms of illness.
- Staying current on vaccinations, including flu and COVID-19.
- Avoiding close contact with individuals who are sick.
- Consider wearing a well-fitting N95 or KN95 mask to reduce the risk of respiratory virus transmission, especially in crowded public spaces. This is particularly important for individuals with underlying health conditions.
What to Do if You or a Family Member Feels Ill
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that individuals who exhibit flu symptoms upon arrival at work/school or during the day should promptly isolate themselves from others and return home. They should remain home for at least 24 hours after their fever subsides (without the use of fever-reducing medications), or after symptoms have improved (typically at least 4-5 days after flu symptoms initially appear).
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the CDC recommends that those who test positive remain isolated for five days after testing positive or after symptoms first appear, after which time they wear a mask for an additional five days. To ensure the health of all of our athletes, student-athletes who test positive must provide a medical release from a certified physician before resuming play. Complimentary COVID-19 test kits are available in each school building. Please contact your school building if you wish to obtain one.
We'd also like to take this opportunity to remind parents to update their emergency contact information if they haven't already done so. They can do so by contacting the main office at their child’s school.
All these measures will help contribute to maintaining a safe, secure, and healthy environment for learning. We are grateful for your commitment to these practices and wish your family a healthy and safe fall and winter season.
Dr. Paul J. Padalino
Superintendent of Schools