Jenelle Bayor- Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Washing hands is something that everyone should be doing on a normal basis, but it’s needed now more than ever. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been spreading around the world and Manatee School District officals have given Mustangs a guidelines sheet to bring home with all the necessary guidelines and precautions they take over spring break.
Students and staff travelling to any foreign country or on a cruise ship must stay self-quarantined for 14 days after they return. The county urges any Mustangs who feel sick after that stay home.
If travelling to major theme parks or areas of the United States that have a high concentration of outbreaks, remember to always take the necessary precautions to stay safe and healthy.
The School District of Manatee County said, “Any school-sponsored or district-sponsored travel to high-risk areas will be cancelled. Currently planned school-sponsored or district-sponsored out-of-state travel which is non-refundable will be reviewed by district administration to determine if the travel is permissible.”
Over spring break, the district will be doing a deep cleaning of classrooms and common areas. They will be sanitizing restrooms, lunch tables, common touch areas, and outdoor surfaces. They will also be adding easier access to hand sanitizers and adding more soap and paper towels to restrooms.
“The district is proceeding with caution regarding in-state travel. All in-state travel must be approved by district administration. Trip requiring air travel, events held in closed spaces, or events with 1,000 or more participants will be carefully considered on an individual basis,” said the School District of Manatee County.
Meanwhile, LRHS athletic director Kent Ringquist said sports are affected, too.
“All district sports competition will be suspended effective immediately through March 23. Home and away games. Practice will be allowed at this time,” he said.
Symptoms of the Coronavirus typically appear 2-14 days after exposure and may include a fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth when possible and stay away from people you know who may be sick.
This story was updated to reflect the latest district advisory.