New MSDH Guidelines - September 2020
CLICK HERE to view updated guidelines from MSDH as of September 14, 2020.
What’s New1. The isolation and school exclusion period for a positive case of COVID-19 is changed from 14 days to 10 days for consistency with current CDC guidance.
2. The exposure time to be considered a close contact to a case of COVID-19 is updated to less than 6 feet for 15 minutes cumulative throughout the day.
3. Masks should NOT be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious (naps or sleeping), incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
4. There is no test out of quarantine; the quarantine period is a full 14 days regardless of any test results during the quarantine period.
5. People who have tested positive for COVID-19 do not need to quarantine or get tested again for up to 3 months as long as they do not develop symptoms again.
6. Symptom and temperature screening recommendations added. Temperature of equal to 100○F or higher should be considered fever for screening purposes. 7. School nurses should wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when caring for ill staff or students. Appropriate PPE includes N-95 mask (or surgical mask if N-95 not available) and eye protection (face shield or goggles).
8. School nurses will not be considered close contacts while wearing appropriate medical PPE.
ATTENTION DISTANCE LEARNERS: PLEASE COMPLETE FORM TO SIGN UP FOR FREE MEALS
The Vicksburg Warren School District is committed to serving students nutritious meals each school day. Since many of our students will be participating in distance learning, we are happy to announce that we will be delivering free meals (breakfast and lunch) each Monday through Friday beginning soon after the start of school to our students who are learning at home. More details will be released as they become available.
If you would like your child to receive these nutritious meals, you must complete this form. Please submit one form for each child in your home.
CLICK HERE to complete the meal request form.
STRONG READERS - STRONG LEADERS
The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) has revamped its Strong Readers website, strongreadersms.com, to help families assist their children with building their reading skills.
The site is organized by grade level, from kindergarten through grade 5. It includes strategies for developing strong reader habits and a series of activities to practice the five components of reading. Those include working with sounds, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.
Also included are tools for families to find books that match their child’s grade band and a free, online library.
DISTANCE LEARNING FOR VWSD WILL BEGIN ON TUESDAY, MARCH 24
Students will begin distance learning on Tuesday, March 24. Paper packets will be mailed to students in grades PK - 2 and grades 3-12 will participate through GradeResults.com. If students need a device at home, they may pick them up at their school. Please visit your school's website (Click here to find your school ) for specific times and procedures at your school. Please see the flyer below for all details.
VICKSBURG WARREN SCHOOL DISTRICT TO BEGIN DELIVERING FREE SCHOOL MEALS TO CHILDREN AGES 18 AND UNDER IN WARREN COUNTY
The Vicksburg Warren School District (VWSD) will begin delivering FREE school meals to all children ages 18 and younger in Warren County beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Meals will be delivered each day, Monday through Friday, until students return to school.
Meals may be picked up at a child’s closest bus stop between 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM. A list of bus stops can be found at www.vwsd.org/transportation. A child must be present at the bus stop to receive meals.
The District is committed to feeding every child who needs assistance during this time and this service is not restricted to VWSD students. Parents/guardians are encouraged to complete this form if they have children in their household who normally do not ride a VWSD bus, and they wish to participate in this program. CLICK HERE for form or visit https://forms.gle/4bxQELhbxHz7L9RL8
Meals for adults are not available for purchase at this time. All meals should be consumed or refrigerated within 30 minutes of delivery.
Click here to view the meal delivery flyer.
RIVER CITY EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL EARNS FIRST-EVER HIGH SCHOOL LIGHTHOUSE CERTIFICATION FROM FRANKLINCOVEY
The Vicksburg Warren School District is celebrating the announcement that River City Early College High School (RCECHS) has been named a Certified Lighthouse School, a highly-regarded standard set by FranklinCovey for the school’s implementation of the Leader In Me (LiM) initiative. Since its official launch nearly a decade ago, nearly 4,000 schools across 50 countries have adopted the LiM process. While more than 300 schools have achieved the prestigious Lighthouse certification, this is the first time high schools have earned this status. RCECHS is one of only two high schools in the world that were honored to earn this designation this week.
FranklinCovey leaders made the announcement via live video stream to an audience of River City Early College High School students, staff, parents and community leaders gathered in Vicksburg at Triumph Church to celebrate the designation.
The Leader in Me was first sponsored in the schools by the Vicksburg-Warren County Chamber of Commerce in 2012. It has since expanded into all schools and touches every student in grades Pre-K through 12. Four other schools in the District have earned Lighthouse Certification, the Academy of Innovation STEM Middle School, and Bovina, Bowmar Avenue and Redwood Elementary Schools.
VWSD and its vendor partner, ABM, are taking ongoing precautionary steps to sanitize and disinfect facilities. ABM will be taking extra sanitizing measures in all facilities over spring break to decrease risks to students and staff. Parents are encouraged to wash all backpacks and jackets over spring break.
MESSAGE FROM NURSE NASH REGARDING FLU:
I just wanted to address several questions I've been asked regarding the Flu which includes the Coronavirus (2019-CoV). The most important point to understand is that researchers are still learning about the Coronavirus and ways that this new virus is transmitted. In the meantime, the best advice based on CDC recommendations is to:
- Wash your hands thoroughly regularly throughout the day.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick and
- Instruct students to sneeze or cough into their elbow if a tissue and handwashing is not available.
This advice will help protect you and the students from a whole host of infections, including 2019-CoV.
I also want to address face masks and facial respirators for the flu. If a child has the flu or a communicable infection then they shouldn't be in school. A person with an immunity deficiency that requires a mask, probably needs to be isolated from other people and a doctor's order would be needed if a face mask is required. A face mask would cause a distraction to other students and is not a health necessity at this time.
Cyndee NashCynthia F. Nash, RN, BSN, NCSNVWSD Nursing Coordinator / RMS Coordinator