Coronavirus Resources
Mar 16, 2020


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Oklahoma State Health Department Resources

Initial Steps and Precautions

  • Share and implement precautionary measures called for by the state and local health departments and communicate them to staff, students, and families. The CDC recommends the following:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • If the congregation of students prevents group childcare, explore with local agencies and community groups the kinds of services for childcare available for in-home care and serve as a resource for parents, particularly in high-poverty areas.
  • Collaborate with local chambers of commerce to help businesses understand the potential impact of reduced or limited group childcare on families during the crisis and encourage planning accordingly.
  • Identify state and federal emergency relief, grants, and funding flexibility available to address unexpected needs.
  • Coordinate with local health authorities about expectations to utilize school facilities for emergency services.
  • Clear communication for staff and families is critical for potential quarantine expectations related to school closures. Work with public health officials for effective communication strategies.
  • Seek federal and state grants and other assistance to help recovery efforts.
  • After implementing your plan to re-open schools:
  • Address any requirement to make up missed school days;
  • Provide counseling to students as appropriate and involve community partners; and
  • Update the emergency plan as needed.

Communications Tips

  • When communicating with employees, students and families about Coronavirus, here are a few helpful key messages and tips to keep in mind:
  • The priority is the health and safety of students and employees.
  • Schools work closely with public health officials and rely heavily on their guidance because they are the experts.
  • Local and state health departments are the best resources for current information about Coronavirus.
  • Emphasize what is known at the time of the communication.
  • Include the date/time in all communications, including social media posts, because information can change quickly.
  • Include best hygiene practices in communications.
  • Create a web page that can be easily updated to links with the most current information from reliable sources, including the local and state health departments and the Centers for Disease Control. The best way to combat rumors and speculation is easy access to reliable information.

Additional Resources