The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to a pandemic of respiratory disease spreading from person-to-person caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The disease has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). This situation poses a serious public health risk. The federal government is working closely with state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, as well as public health partners, to respond to this situation. COVID-19 can cause mild to severe illness; most severe illness occurs in older adults.
What is GCA Doing to Stop the Spread?Georgia Cyber Academy (GCA) recognizes the importance of the health and welfare of students, families, and staff. GCA will follow all guidance provided by the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) and the Georgia Department of Public Health (GaDPH) as they closely monitor the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
GCA district leaders are constantly monitoring the situation and considering all recommendations set forth by the GaDOE, GaDPH, and the CDC. We will do our best to keep you informed of anything that affects our online learning experience. At the present time, schooling at GCA will proceed uninterrupted. We are glad that we can continue to provide education to our students in the environment they are most familiar with.
What Can I Do to Stop the Spread?
The CDC has communicated that the immediate risk of being exposed to this virus is still low for most Americans, but as the outbreak expands, that risk will increase. Cases of COVID-19 and instances of community spread are being reported in a growing number of states. The best prevention measures for any respiratory virus are:
- 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.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue to cover it, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Everyone can do their part in responding to this emerging public health threat. On March 16, the White House announced a program called “15 Days to Slow the Spread" which is a nationwide effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 through the implementation of social distancing at all levels of society.
For accurate and reliable information about COVID-19, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
As K-2 students return to schools, you can make sure they're prepared with the proper handwashing knowledge. "Wash Your Hands" from WonderGrove Social Skills models the desired behavior and explains why handwashing is important. You can also download a free printable book for this animated story from our TPT store!
- How do I talk to my child about COVID-19?
- What about Face to Face Testing?
- Are Community Events Still Available?
- What precautions will be taken at community events to prevent the spread of infectious disease?
- What about hours for students participating in the Work Based Learning Program?
- What about face to face Related Services?
Georgia Department of Education Resources
CDC Resources and Information