Statement from Office of Catholic Schools (March 11, 2020):

As coverage of the coronavirus and subsequent positive cases in the United States continues, our schools are fielding an increasing number of questions from parents and staff. Please know that, as we do in all health-related cases, we are working closely together and receiving additional guidance from Calcasieu and Jeff Davis health departments, the Louisiana Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is a rapidly changing situation around the world, and one we are monitoring closely.

Practicing good hygiene can help limit the spread of the virus in our schools. The virus may live on surfaces such as desks and doorknobs, so as a safeguard, custodial staff will continue to regularly clean classrooms and common areas.

The current recommended precautions to avoid exposure to the virus are the same precautions you would take to avoid the flu. Please review the following recommendations from the Center of Disease Control (CDC):

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, and do not return to work or school until you have been fever-free without the use of fever reducing medication for at least 24 hours.
  • Cover your cough or sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash; if tissues aren’t available, cough into the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

We will continue to update you as our public health experts have new relevant information available.