MDE releases guidelines as officials monitor coronavirus outbreak
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Mississippi schools are taking steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus in classrooms across the state.

While there are currently no confirmed cases of the virus (COVID-19) in Mississippi, the Department of Education has provided a set of guidelines regarding preparation and prevention methods to schools. 

“Though the risk to Mississippi is currently low, basic infection control should always be promoted and maintained, and schools need to be prepared in the event of a local illness outbreak,” said Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent. “The MDE will continue to work with state and federal health officials and leaders to support the health and well-being of students, school and district employees, and communities.” 

Developed with input from state and federal health officials, the guidelines include information on personal protection and hygiene, preventing stigma against populations associated with COVID-19, consulting with health departments to determine the need for school closure, and CDC guidance for schools and businesses to plan and respond to COVID-19.

Examples of the guidelines include: 

  • Wash hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing 
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze 
  • Routinely clean and sanitize classrooms 
  • Stay home when sick (Students & Staff) 

Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to flu-like symptoms. Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

For a look at the full set of guidelines, click here.