The Centers for Disease Control and Prvention (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.
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.
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.
- How do I talk to my child about COVID-19?
- What about Face to Face Testing?
- Are Community Events Still Available?
- Will cancelled community events be rescheduled?
- What precautions are taken at community events to prevent the spread of infectious disease?
- Is the GCA District Office open?
- What about hours for students participating in the Work Based Learning Program?
- What about face to face Related Services?
Georgia Department of Education Information for Families & Parents of Students with Disabilities:
CDC Resources and InformationWhat You Should Know
- How it spreads
- Prevention & treatment
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Managing Anxiety and Stress
- Children and Coronavirus Disease 2019
Know the facts about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and help stop the spread of rumors:
Coronavirus Disease 2019 is a new disease that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person to person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China:
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If you are sick with Coronavirus Disease 2019, or suspected of being infected with it, follow the steps in this fact sheet to help prevent spreading it to people in your home and community:
Other Links and Resources
Public Health Links
- Georgia Department of Public Health guidance
- GaDOE Office of School Safety & Climate
- School closure information
- Georgia Family Connection Partnership resources
Mental Health Links
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
- My GCAL app (Georgia Crisis and Access Line) • Apple | Google Play
- Crisis Text Line
- Mental Health America of Georgia
CDC Videos for the Hearing Impaired