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District Continues to Monitor Spread of Coronavirus

The Martin County School District continues to monitor the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) while carefully following the expert information and guidance provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Florida Department of Health in Martin County (DOH Martin).  As our students and many of our employees will be on vacation for Spring Break next week, here are a few important considerations to keep in mind:

 

  • The CDC provides recommendations on postponing or canceling travel through the issuance of travel notices, which are based on assessment of the potential health risks involved with traveling to a certain area.

 

  • The CDC currently recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel to the following destinations:
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Monaco
  • San Marino
  • Vatican City
  • The CDC also recommends that travelers, including those with underlying health concerns, defer all travel via cruise ship at this time.

 

  • The CDC provides detailed guidance for travelers on a variety of topics, including the risk of getting COVID-19 on an airplane and how to prevent the spread of germs and illness while traveling. Please click here to access these resources. 

 

 

It is important that families understand the CDC’s guidelines for returning home from travel to any of the destinations listed above.  Once you have returned from any of these destinations, your family should self-isolate and monitor for fever and other respiratory symptoms for 14 days.  If anyone feels ill within 14 days of returning from travel, the CDC advises you should:

 

  • Seek medical care. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.

  • Avoid contact with others.

  • Refrain from traveling using public transportation, and delay any additional travel plans until you are no longer 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. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

 

All out-of-state field trips have been rescheduled at this time. Athletic contests and other events will continue to be carefully reviewed on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the recommendations and latest guidance from public health experts. The District reserves the option to cancel or reschedule field trips or other events at any time due to health concerns for students or staff. Information about cancellations or the rescheduling of events will be shared with the local media and communicated directly with parents via phone call/letter, school/ district websites, and social media channels.

 

Please continue to monitor the District’s website at www.martinschools.org/coronavirusinfo for additional updates, or contact the Florida Department of Health’s dedicated Coronavirus call center at 1-866-779-6121 with additional questions.