Mar 9, 2020
Dear Panther Families,
As always, the health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff are top priorities at Cabot Public Schools. The district would like to assure our families that we have been closely monitoring information concerning the coronavirus.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that usually cause mild respiratory illnesses such as the common cold. COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new coronavirus identified in humans this last December 2019.
As with any communicable disease or potential outbreak, we work closely with the Arkansas Department of Health and the U. S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention to follow their recommendations to ensure we protect our families. The Arkansas Department of Education's Division of Elementary and Secondary Education is also working in conjunction with the Arkansas Department of Health to monitor and provide guidance as needed.
Cabot Public Schools will continue to follow updates daily provided by ADH and the CDC. We also encourage our students, staff, and families to be mindful of key preventive measures. To reduce the risk for getting and spreading viral respiratory infections, including the flu and common cold, these simple steps are encouraged:
• Stay home when sick
• Frequent handwashing with soap and water (20 seconds)
• Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
• Cover mouth when coughing or sneezing, cough into elbow
In addition, please remember that if children are sick, they should not be at school. Students need to be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to class after any illness. Keeping children home when they are sick is critical to prevention.
Families may visit the following websites for more information regarding COVID-19 coronavirus.
Arkansas Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control