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An important message regarding COVID-19

Mar 12 2020

March 12, 2020
Dear Lexington District One Family:

As we continue adjusting to the impact of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, we also continue to make some adjustments to our normal operating procedures.

Those changes affected student travel first. Over the last few days, we canceled upcoming trips to China, Italy, Japan, and France based on the CDC’s travel advisories. We also canceled or postponed trips within the United States to Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and New York.

Now, we are suspending all out of state travel for students (including athletics) and all out of state professional development related travel for staff. If you are a parent of a student with an upcoming out of state field trip or athletic event, we suggest you check with the trip’s sponsor or coach to find out the latest information.

In addition, we decided to suspend all internships, co-ops, or apprenticeships housed at any health care facility or affiliate where students would have contact with patients. This includes hospitals, dental offices, physical therapy facilities, hospices, etc.

Of course, we continue to work with the CDC and DHEC health officials to make sure we are doing everything we can to ensure our students stay healthy. We have decided, however, to put in place some extra precautions and adjust some of our common, everyday practices.

We are eliminating self-serve lines in our cafeterias and the practice of having a common table with produce, etc. that students can pick up.

We met with principals on Wednesday and emphasized some best practices, such as eliminating handshakes by substituting with elbow or toe taps, making sure our soap dispensers stay full, and providing the appropriate spray disinfectant to teachers as well as custodians.

We continue to work diligently on emergency plans should the virus spread and force us to close school for any reason. You will be receiving an email and survey from us about your access to the internet. This information will help us plan things such as distance or e-Learning opportunities, for instance.

We are having conversations with the South Carolina High School League and anticipate some changes to our schedules and events for athletics in the future.

This will not be the last time we communicate with you as we are committed to providing accurate information. Also, remember that we created a webpage specifically for this purpose. This site includes links to information from the CDC and other agencies/organizations that you might find helpful, including some information about talking to your children about this. Click here for the COVID-19 page.

We also cannot remind you enough how important it is to keep your children at home when they run any fever higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit before you give them Tylenol, Motrin or other appropriate fever-reducing medication. 

Once your child’s fever breaks and your child no longer has a fever (without Tylenol or another product in his/her system), please keep your child home for another 24 hours.

Please use commonsense, everyday actions to protect yourself and your families from any type of respiratory virus such as remembering to:


  • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • stay home when sick.
  • cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue and put it in the trash immediately.
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • avoid contact with sick people.
  • get a flu shot.


Please consult your physician if you have any concerns regarding your child’s or your situation.

Most importantly, thank you for helping us keep our students and staff healthy.

Dr. Greg Little

Superintendent




March 9, 2020
Dear Lexington District One Family:

As you know, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is investigating cases of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in South Carolina and announced today that our state has seven presumptive positive cases.

At this point, there are no confirmed cases in Lexington County.

Our district, however, continues to monitor the situation closely and plan to reduce the risk to faculty, staff, students and visitors.

We met with our schools’ head custodians and maintenance staff on Wednesday, March 4. We reviewed the need to clean daily all commonly touched surfaces with an Environmental Protection Agency registered disinfectant.

We lean heavily on the CDC and DHEC for guidance. In line with CDC guidance, DHEC does not recommend limiting travel within the United States, closing schools, or canceling public events at this time. Our district continues to make individual travel decisions based on their guidance. Parents always have the right to make the best decision for their children.

DHEC also coordinates with school nurses to monitor absentee rates in schools, as well as to report illness in the community, to determine if or when they recommend closures.

We are committed to providing accurate information to you and have created a webpage specifically for this purpose. This site includes links to information from the CDC and other agencies/organizations that you might find helpful. http://www.lexington1.net/COVID-19

We know, however, that as this goes on, we will begin to hear more rumors and inaccurate information. Quite frankly, we need your help.

It is more important now than ever that you and your children do not pass on things you hear, whether through social media or messaging apps.

Remember, too, to keep your children at home when they run any fever higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit before you give them Tylenol, Motrin or other appropriate fever-reducing medication. Once your child’s fever breaks and your child no longer has a fever (without Tylenol or another product in his/her system), please keep your child home for another 24 hours. We also remind staff that these guidelines apply to you, too.


We remind you again today that we can all protect our students, staff, and the broader community by using commonsense, everyday actions that protect people from any type of respiratory virus such as remembering to:


  • wash our hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • avoid touching our eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • stay home when sick.
  • cough or sneeze into our elbow or use a tissue and put it in the trash immediately.
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • avoid contact with sick people.
  • get a flu shot.


Please consult your physician if you have any concerns regarding your child’s or your situation. Thank you for helping us keep our students and staff healthy.

Dr. Greg Little
Superintendent




March 2, 2020

Dear Lexington District One Family:

We know that many of you are concerned about what you have read or seen on social media and in the news about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus known as COVID-19, often referred to as “Coronavirus,” in the United States.

As we write this, the state of South Carolina has no confirmed cases of COVID-19. Our district, however, continues to monitor the situation and work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. We will stay informed and implement any recommendations or guidelines they develop.

While a new type of illness can be scary, we can protect our students, staff, and the broader community by using commonsense, everyday actions that protect people from any type of respiratory virus.

Lexington District One follows and will continue to follow the CDC’s recommendations for preventing respiratory illnesses. These include reminding staff and students to:


  • wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • stay home when sick.
  • cough or sneeze into their elbow or use a tissue and put it in the trash
  • immediately.
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • avoid contact with sick people.
  • get a flu shot.


Remember, too, that all our schools are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected daily as part of our routine custodial services.

If a student or staff member begins showing flu-like or other respiratory symptoms at school, our school nurses follow standard medical precautions and procedures. We remind parents/guardians to keep your children at home when they run any fever higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit before you give them Tylenol, Motrin, or other appropriate fever-reducing medication. Once your child’s fever breaks and your child no longer has a fever (without Tylenol or another product in his/her system), please keep your child home for another 24 hours. We also remind staff that these guidelines apply to you, too.

Please consult your physician if you have any concerns.

We are in the process of placing more information and links to other resources about COVID-19 on our website. We will place a notice with a link to that page there.

Thank you for helping us keep our students and staff healthy.

Dr. Greg Little
Superintendent

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