Message from Superintendent of Schools, Marcus Chambers, on Preparedness for Influenza/Respiratory Illness
Information, including false information, about the Coronavirus (COVID – 19) is spreading throughout our community. I wanted to take a moment to share with you what we know and assure you that we work hand in hand with the Department of Health in Okaloosa County in all areas related to student health.
We spoke with Dr. Karen Chapman, Director of the Department of Health in Okaloosa County, this afternoon (Wednesday, February 26th), and she assures us there are no confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in Okaloosa County or in Florida. We also met with Dr. Chapman and other Department of Health staff yesterday, and their professional, ongoing recommendations for our schools to prevent the spread of ANY flu-like illnesses are being actively implemented in our schools.
A flyer has been provided by the Department of Health that outlines best practices for prevention of respiratory illness: Prevent Respiratory Illness.
All school operations are continuing as normal. We will continue to keep you updated should there be further developments.
Information from Department of Health in Okaloosa County can be found at their website: http://okaloosa.floridahealth.gov/.
If you are interested in staying current with Coronavirus in Florida, please visit: http://www.floridahealth.gov/.
Our students’ health and safety are our top priorities. Please contact your school if you have any questions or the Okaloosa County School District office of Student Services at (850) 833-3108.