Covid-19 FAQs

Will small group activities still take place at school?

Starting March 17, all campuses activities and events are cancelled. We will re-evaluate all campus events and activities before Monday April 13

Are outside groups still able to use MCPS facilities?

Faculty use requests from community groups using campuses are suspended through Sunday, April 12.

Are school events cancelled?
All before and after school activities are hereby postponed until further notice. 

How does the coronavirus (COVID-19) spread?

The spread pattern appears to mirror those of the common cold or flu. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, generally between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). This spread appears to occur through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

What are the primary symptoms of the virus? What should I be looking for?

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

What should I do if my child or someone in my family is exhibiting symptoms?

Call ahead to a healthcare professional if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread. Tell your healthcare professional about your recent travel or contact. Your healthcare professional will work with your state’s public health department to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.

Maury Regional Health and the Tennessee Department of Health have established information lines for community members who have questions about COVID-19, including those concerned about symptoms and treatment. Calls are answered by health care professionals who can address questions about COVID-19, including symptoms and self-monitoring recommendations, and direct patients to an appropriate location for care, if needed. Those who need information related to COVID-19 are encouraged to call: 

Maury Regional Health COVID-19 Information line
7 AM to 7 PM Daily
931-540-4257

Tennessee Coronavirus Public Information Line
10 AM to 10 PM Daily
877-857-2945

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?

People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Are children more at risk for the coronavirus and how should infection be prevented?

No, according to the health officials, there is no evidence that children are more susceptible. In fact, most confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported from China have occurred in adults. Children should engage in usual preventive actions to avoid infection, including cleaning hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer, avoiding people who are sick, and staying up to date on vaccinations, including influenza vaccine.

What other precautions should we take?

Health officials recommend everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Should my child wear a face mask?

It is not recommended that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a healthcare facility).

How is the decision made for a school to close?

Districts work with local health officials to make closure and dismissal decisions. If a determination is made that a school must close, the school will seek specific guidance from local health officials to determine if, when, and for how long to take these steps.

How does a senior get a hard copy of their transcript and the school’s grading scale for a scholarship that is due with the school system shut down? The report card in Skyward isn’t sufficient.

The MCPS Central Office will be open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Friday with the exception of scheduled spring break Wednesday April 1st to 3rd during the school closing due to COVID-19.  You can call the Central Office at 931-388-8403. 

 

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