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COVID-19: PCSD Updates & Response
 
Response to issues surrounding Covid-19 is a rapidly evolving situation, and the Pontotoc City School District is on 24-hour alert. The health, safety and well-being of our students and staff are our top priorities. This page will serve as an on-going feed of PCSD response updates, event changes and closures, and resources. Please visit the following links for up-to-date information.
 

Free Breakfast and Lunch
 
In light of the public health concerns and school closures due to COVID-19, Pontotoc City School District will participate in Grab n' Go Breakfast/Lunch Program. This program will begin Thursday, March 19 at the front entrance of Pontotoc High School. Service will be from 8:00-9:00 am. This program will serve all children ages 18 and under. Breakfast and lunch will be provided in each pack.

The district has designated this specific area for service, but all students in the district may benefit from this program.

Due to heightened awareness of exposure and the contagiousness of the disease, we respectfully ask that you remain in your vehicle and drive through the area directly in the PHS front entrance area. Representatives from the district will bring meals to the car. Meals will only be provided to the number of children present in the vehicle. Adult lunches can be purchased for $3.00 cash.
 
Update #4 on COVID-19 from PCSD
 
The district will be closed through March 27, 2020. The district is closed due to the public health treat, COVID-19.
 
PCSD will update information concerning COVID-19 as it is made availabe. The district's top priority during this time is the safety and well-being of all students and employees. If you know of assistance opportunities for children in Pontotoc, please email information to tcrane@pontotoc.k12.ms.us.
 
Update #3 on COVID-19 from PCSD
 
 
Josh Dowdy
Athletic Director
 
 
Update #2 on COVID-19 from PCSD
 
The district will be closed March 16-20, 2020. Staff will not report Tuesday for training. All extracurricular activities, school events, practices, and sports are cancelled this week also. The weight room is also closed. The district will send updates as needed.
 
El distrito estará cerrado Marzo 16-20, 2020. El personal no se reportará el Martes para entrenamiento. Todas las actividades extracurriculares, eventos escolares, practicas y deportes están canceladas también esta semana. El salón de pesas también estará cerrado.
 
Update on Covid-19 from Pontotoc City School District
 
In response to the latest information regarding COVID-19, Pontotoc City School District will close school Monday, March 16, 2020 for students and staff. Central Office staff, administrators and the janitorial staff will report Monday. The administrative team will meet Monday to determine how the district will handle school and school-related events during the duration of COVID-19 pandemic.
 
On Tuesday, March 17, all employees will report at 8:00 am for training and guidance on COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. This training will be conducted by the district medical staff. Parent-teacher conferences set for Tuesday are also cancelled.
 
Pontotoc City School District will follow guidance set forth by the Mississsippi Department of Education, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Mississippi Department of Health.
 
Guidance About Personal Protection and Hygiene
 
Basic infection control in school settings should always be promoted and maintained.
 
Hand hygiene - Students and staff should be encouraged to wash hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing and sneezing. If soap and water is unavailable, sanitizers may be used.
Kids Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJG72sycQB8
Printable: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/campaign.html
 
Respiratory etiquette- MSDH and CDC recommend covering the nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or a shirt sleeve or elbow if no tissue is available) and throwing the tissue in the trash after use, followed by hand washing.
Kids Video: https://youtu.be/mQINuSTP1jI
Printable: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/protect/cdc_cough.pdf
 
Routine Cleaning- School staff should routinely clean areas that students and staff touch often with the cleaners they typically use. Cleaning should take place immediately if there is contamination of surfaces with blood, stool or vomit. CDC recommends personal protective equipment as part of universal precautions when cleaning body fluid spills.
CDC Instructions: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/school/cleaning.htm
 
Separate ill students and staff - Students and staff who seem to have flu symptoms should be separated from others until they can be sent home. CDC recommends personal protective equipment as part of universal precautions when caring for infected individuals.
 
Stay home when sick - Those with flu like symptoms, including respiratory symptoms, should stay home from work or school and seek medical attention if the symptoms get worse. This includes uncontrolled temperature, difficulty breathing, worsening headache, unusual muscle weakness or seizure activity. Remain home until fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.

COVID-19 Web
Resources


Mississippi State Department of Health
 
United States Department of Education COVID-19 Portal
 
US Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 Portal
 
MDE Updates and Information About COVID-19