To Lakewood Ranch Students, Parents, Employees and Community:
The Florida Department of Health in Manatee County has confirmed a case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) associated with Lakewood Ranch High School.
It is critically important that information pertaining to any individual identified to have COVID-19 is completely confidential as required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
Please see the information below regarding the closure of Lakewood Ranch and for when employees will return to work full-time without a specific appointment.
- Please be advised that each school and support site was scrubbed and cleaned with a viricidal cleaner that destroys viruses during spring break and our schools and support sites continue to be cleaned with the same viricidal cleaner routinely.
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the incubation period for COVID-19 is between 2 to 14 days. The incubation period represents the time between when a person contracts a virus and when symptoms begin.
- A recent report by the “Annals of Internal Medicine” stated that 97 percent of people who contract COVID-19 show symptoms within 11.5 days of exposure; and the average incubation appears to be around 5 days.
- The start date for the 14-day incubation period is the day following the last verified date a confirmed case was physically present at a school or support site.
- The start date for the 14-day incubation period at Lakewood Ranch High School was determined as Friday, March 13, 2020.
- That means the 14-day incubation period at Lakewood Ranch High School would conclude on March 26, 2020, meaning employees could return to work as soon as Friday, March 27, 2020.
- The custodial staff will be sterilizing surfaces again on Friday, March 27, 2020. The faculty can return on Monday, March 30, 2020, for regular work hours.
- The Florida Department of Health is responsible for investigating confirmed cases and will contact anyone who needs to be contacted regarding the investigation.
- Any employee, student, parent or community member at any school or support site who develops symptoms such as a fever, a cough or shortness of breath should stay home and contact the Health Department or a medical provider.