Information from Dr. Ryan Cobbs

USD 290 Patrons, Staff, and Students

As we continue to maneuver through cold and flu season, and with the reports of viral concerns across the globe, USD 290 wants to let our students, staff, families, and community know that we are working with local and state health officials to ensure a healthy environment in our schools.  As we do every year, we continue to monitor the illnesses of all schools and report that information each week to the Franklin County Health Department. We are committed to protecting the health and safety of our students and staff. While the risk of a major viral outbreak is very low at present, we will continue to actively monitor the situation and update you with additional information as needed.

The management of any virus evolves with time and research, however, there are a number of things that families can do to limit their exposure.  Below are some recommendations from the Kansas State Department of Health and the CDC that you can do at home and at school to help maintain a healthy, germ free environment.

The CDC recommends the following prevention actions:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Contact your physician if you are feeling ill.

The support and assistance of our school community when working to contain communicable diseases is vital. Teaching the foundations of healthy habits in the home, self-reporting illness, and keeping sick individuals home are important elements in the success of containing communicable diseases within a community. The diligence of our family partners in this effort is greatly appreciated.  Please feel free to contact Dr. Ryan Cobbs, Superintendent, if you have any questions.