March 11, 2020
Guidance on COVID-19 Preparations at DCSD
Divide County School District ensures that the safety, education and wellbeing of our students and staff are of utmost importance. As the coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading across the United States, we are taking recommended preventative measures within the district to continue these safety assurances. This guidance is based on what is currently known about the transmission and severity of Coronavirus Disease 2019.
Through collaboration and coordination with our local and state health department, DCSD will take steps to disseminate information about the disease and its potential transmission within the school community as it becomes available. Preventative plans will build on everyday practices, encouraging hand hygiene, disinfecting classrooms, monitoring absenteeism, and communicating routinely.
DCSD will be tracking daily absenteeism rates and will communicate any increase to local health authorities. In the event that a student or staff member is exposed to or tests positive for COVID-19, DCSD will follow state guidance on student exclusion requirements and/or school closure procedures.
In the event of a schoolwide closure, ND Century Code does not leave the option for online or remote learning if the school should close for any length of time because of COVID-19. Schools must meet the required number of hours in school, so it is likely that the time would need to be made up. If individual students are required to stay home from school because of exposure to, or contracting COVID-19, DCSD will work with those students who are unable to attend school for any length of time.
Staff and students are encouraged to stay home if they are ill. If a student becomes ill while at school, ill students will be kept separate from healthy students until a parent can arrive to take them home. Parents are asked to have plans in place to pick up their ill student as soon as possible.
CDC Recommendations According to CDC, risk to the general population remains low. The North Dakota Department of Health has provided information to North Dakota healthcare providers to rapidly identify suspect cases with appropriate risk exposure and symptoms.
- 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.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Be current on all immunizations to stay healthy, including infectious diseases.
- IT IS NOT RECOMMENDED TO WEAR A RESPIRATORY MASK IF YOU ARE NOT INFECTED WITH THE VIRUS
NDDOH International Traveler Survey
North Dakotans who have traveled internationally within the last 14 days are encouraged to complete an online survey located at:
If traveling abroad, individuals will receive a guidance document about how to monitor themselves for symptoms and who to contact if symptoms develop. Travelers to countries with Level 3 warnings should stay home for 14 days. Current Level 3 Countries: China, Iran, Italy, South Korea.
The school district will update parents as needed and as additional information becomes available. Additional information can be found at https://www.cdc.gov