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District takes steps to prevent spread of virus

Posted Date: 03/10/2020

District takes steps to prevent spread of virus

Keeping students and staff safe is a primary focus of Chanute Public Schools. In the event of an outbreak of any contagious disease, including the Coronavirus (COVID-19), School District Nurse Kathy Martin and the district will follow public health partners’ lead on any quarantine, closures or other health measures as necessary.

Nurse Martin is keeping in contact with the Neosho County Health Department, and staying abreast of updates from the Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment, and the Centers for Disease Control. The district’s response plan will be updated as new facts and recommendations are released from KDHE.

“My staff and I evaluate students, as we always have, for symptoms of influenza and fever. We follow up on students that have been sent home and on students who return with a doctor’s note. We will continue to stress hand washing, covering coughs and staying home when sick,” Martin said.

District teachers and staff will continue preventative practices at school and encourage parents to follow these healthy habits at home with their children. Remind students of everyday actions they can take to slow the spread of germs and prevent illness.


  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.


  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.


  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.


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


  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. School staff has access to preventive products like disposable wipes and hand sanitizer to use throughout the day to stop the spread of germs. District custodial staff utilizes hospital-grade disinfectants and decontamination cleaning systems that sanitize both hard and soft surfaces killing viruses and bacteria. District bus drivers are using a chemical fogger to sanitize school buses daily.


  • Those who are sick should stay home except to get medical care. Children who are ill should remain home until they are fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of medication.


  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19

Families who have additional questions about COVID-19, can view the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Fact Sheet from KDHE. The fact sheet includes information about the virus, symptoms and severity, and how to protect others.