No plans for schools to delay return after break

Published 4:48 pm Thursday, March 12, 2020

School officials in Brookhaven and Lincoln County are monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, but have no plans to delay the start of classes Monday following a week off for spring break.

“Please be assured that the Brookhaven School District is actively monitoring the Coronavirus Disease 2019 situation in conjunction with local and federal health authorities. As always, the safety of our students, staff and families remains a top priority, and we will act out of an abundance of caution to protect everyone’s health and well-being,” said BSD Superintendent Ray Carlock.

That’s the same thought for Superintendent Mickey Myers of the Lincoln County School District.

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Both men anticipate a smooth return to classes Monday.

“Currently, the Mississippi Department of Health says that the immediate threat to our school community is low,” Carlock said. “Should this change in the future, BSD is prepared to protect our families through appropriate control measures.”

None of the schools expect changes in event schedules at any of the campuses at this time, however, scheduled events or gatherings of large groups are subject to being canceled if the need should arise.

COVID-19 is believed to be spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes, much in the way the flu and other respiratory viruses are spread. School officials encourage parents, students and staff to follow routine healthy habits to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, such as:

• Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

• Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Stay home when sick.

• Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

As recommended by the Mississippi Department of Health, the schools will continue environmental cleaning such as disinfecting frequently touched surfaces at our campuses.

“Brookhaven School District uses EPA approved solutions for coronavirus to help ensure that our campuses and buildings stay disinfected. We have replenished our supply of liquid soap, hand sanitizer and disinfectant,” Carlock said.