February 28th Update

February 28th Update
Posted on 02/28/2020
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Dear HCPS Families, Faculty, and Staff,

We understand that the outbreak of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in various countries around the world is concerning. As always, we want to reassure you that the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our highest priority. We are working closely with the Hanover Health Department, as well as other local and state officials, to monitor the potential impact COVID-19 may have locally. We rely upon their expert advice to help us navigate these important issues.

Currently, there is no cause for alarm. The Virginia Department of Health reports that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Virginia, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that the risk to the public remains low. In comparison, the health risks associated with influenza (the flu) are far greater in the U.S. each year. Nevertheless, we are actively working to ensure that we are as prepared as possible for any impact it may have within our schools.

Health and safety is everyone’s responsibility, and we need your help. We have attached a COVID-19 fact sheet for quick reference, as well as prepared a list of resources below to help address any questions you may have about COVID-19. We ask that you review these materials individually and with your family to be better informed and prepared. In addition, here are a few quick and easy tips that you can use now to help prevent the spread of many illnesses in our schools and community:

1. Stay home if you are sick.

  • Avoid close contact with others and seek medical treatment if necessary.
  • If you have a fever, do not return to school until you are fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

2. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. 

3. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Put your used tissue in a wastebasket. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve.  

4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Additional Resources:

To learn more about COVID-19, visit:

Should you have additional questions, you may contact:

  • The Hanover Health Department: (804) 365-4313
  • The Virginia Department of Health Hotline: 1-877-ASK-VDH3
  • Hanover County Public Schools Health Services: (804) 365-4500

We hope this information is helpful to you. We will provide you with any additional guidance that we may receive to ensure you are fully informed. Thank you for your continued support of our efforts to help keep our students and staff healthy and safe.

Sincerely,

Dr. Michael Gill
Superintendent of Schools

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