Letter From ResponsiveEd CEO Chuck Cook
Posted on March 27
ResponsiveEd CEO, Chuck Cook, addresses STAAR/EOC information, meal information, and campus closures…
Responsive Education Solutions (ResponsiveEd) follows the guidance and expertise of national and local health officials to help protect our students and staff from all communicable diseases. We are aware that The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Families are encouraged to visit the CDC website for more information and travel guidance regarding COVID-19.
Please be assured that ResponsiveEd will continue to be in communication with our local partners and stands ready to take all appropriate measures. Our Health Services Department is closely monitoring all developments and is in communication with public health officials.
Our professional custodial partners will also continue to disinfect campuses each day with hospital-grade products to help offset the spread of communicable illnesses, but it takes all of us to ensure healthy school environments.
As a reminder, we are still in the midst of cold and flu season, and it’s important for families to take preventative measures to safeguard themselves from the spread of communicable diseases. As such, ResponsiveEd would like to provide you with answers to the following frequently asked questions (FAQ):
Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
• Shortness of breath
We encourage families to follow the CDC’s travel advisories. A Level 2 or 3 Travel Health Notice is one that recommends that travelers practice enhanced precautions or avoid all non-essential travel to that particular country. View the CDC traveler’s health notices for up-to-date guidance and recommendations related to travel to specific countries.
We ask for any students or employees to stay home for 14 days after they (or a family member living in the same household) return from travel to:
• China, Iran, Italy, South Korea, Japan, or any additional countries added to the CDC Level 2 and 3 lists); or
• any location via cruise ship.
ResponsiveEd will work with each family or staff member impacted during this extended absence period to resolve any attendance issues. Documentation of travel to an impacted area will be required.
ResponsiveEd is following the guidance of the CDC to prepare for and respond to the evolving COVID-19 situation.
Custodial staff will perform extra cleaning of schools and Home Office. During Spring Break (and as needed thereafter), ResponsiveEd will conduct additional cleaning and disinfection in accordance with CDC guidelines.
ResponsiveEd Health Services has issued guidance for campus staff to use in identifying and assessing the health status of students or staff who are experiencing flu-like symptoms. Please contact a member of our Health Services team if you have additional questions related to preparation on your campus [email protected].
If both exposure and symptoms of fever or respiratory illness are present, employees are instructed to inform the principal, isolate the individual, and contact Health Services for additional guidance.
Where necessary, additional cleaning and disinfection will take place in accordance with CDC guidelines.
In addition, school closures are one of several options available to control the spread of COVID-19 if recommended by the CDC or other health authorities. ResponsiveEd will continue to monitor the progress of the illness and communicate with parents and staff on an ongoing basis.
The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms. This is to protect others from the risk of getting infected. The use of facemasks also is crucial for health workers and other people who are taking care of someone infected with COVID-19 in close settings (at home or in a healthcare facility).
If you are not sick and are around someone who is sick, maintaining proper infection control such as frequent hand washing and cough etiquette is the best form of protection.