RCS COVID-19 Response Recommendations
Submitted by Teresa Hendren in Uncategorized on March 26, 2020
Based upon the information that has been mentioned above, Dr. Hearne has shared five recommendations for the RCS community to follow in response to COVID-19:
- Most importantly, we must pray, asking God to provide healing for COVID-19! Healing is a part of the nature of God (James 5:13-15 and Exodus 15:26). God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7). Therefore, we need to use our God-given power, love, and self-control as we “live daily life” together.
- Teach, model, and practice good hygiene to help stop the spread of germs. This includes but is not limited to:
- Proper hand washing
- Coughing into the elbow
- Not touching your face, nose, or eyes
- Keeping sick children at home to stop the spread of germs
- Parents immediately picking up a sick child when a campus office calls. When a sick child is sent to the office, the staff will isolate the child from others and practice proper hygiene based upon our First Aid and blood-borne pathogen training
- Seek education from reputable and reliable sources in order to combat the spread of myth, rumor, and gossip. RCS recommended resources for more info:
- NPR – A 3 minute lesson to teach children about COVID-19 – Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus
- CDC – A video on how to wash hands – Clean Hands Help Prevent the Flu
- CDC – An informational page – Healthy Habits To Help Prevent Flu
- CDC – An Informational page – Flu: What To Do If You Get Sick
- CDC – COVID-19 informational page with videos – Coronavirus Diesease 2019 (COVID-19)
- The Conversation – Why Hand-Washing Really Is As Important As Doctors Say
- Do not start, or spread, gossip or rumors. Instead, if there is a question or concern, contact the RCS Administration. This helps to reduce anxiety among students, parents, and staff. It must be remembered that there are quite possibly millions of reasons why a person is absent from school that have nothing to do with COVID-19. Also, please understand that RCS cannot discuss personal information with anyone other than the student’s family.
- Talk with your child(ren) in an age appropriate way about COVID-19. Reassure them that there is no need to panic; that the best way they can protect themselves is through practicing good hygiene.