USD 305: Closing Schools Unlikely to Stem the Spread of Coronavirus

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SALINA – USD 305 has issued yet another statement Sunday backing their decision to keep schools open following Spring Break.

The statement is below:

“We hear your concerns. At this time, based upon guidance from KDHE, KSDE and in cooperation with the Saline County Health Department, Salina Public Schools remain open. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention* helps explain why:

Closing schools early in the spread of disease for a short time (e.g., 2 weeks) will be unlikely to stem the spread of disease or prevent impact on the health care system, while causing significant disruption for families, schools, and those who may be responding to COVID-19 outbreaks in health care settings. It may also increase impact on older adults who care for grandchildren.

KDHE and KSDE underscored the differences between schools and large events. Schools are a closed environment. We have records and there is accountability for who is allowed to enter a school. We control the size of groups, hand washing, disinfecting and surface cleaning. In contrast, large events are wide open. People gather and mingle, do not necessarily follow established behavior or hygiene patterns and there is no record of who was there or from where they came.

Please check our webpage for updates and more information: usd305.com.”

Students in Salina are scheduled to return on Tuesday, March 17, while staff will return on Monday, March 16, according to USD 305 officials.

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