Dear Parent/s or Guardian,

With the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the U.S. and in our state, Eminence Elementary and Jr.-Sr. High School is working to prevent it from affecting our students and staff. Our families are the most important factor in keeping us healthy in regards to COVID-19 and any other communicable illnesses. We are doing our part, and we want to help each of you to feel confident in our planning, and in doing your part as well!

A few things to know about the COVID-19:

  • The CDC is working with state health departments to provide testing supplies and education for health care providers.
  • COVID-19 is a respiratory illness spread through person-to-person contact. If you or your family have been to any of the affected countries (China, Iran, Italy, Japan, or South Korea) or in contact with someone who traveled there in the last 14 days, please watch for symptoms.
  • So far, children seem to be less affected by COVID-19. Children with pre-existing health conditions may have a different risk level that should be discussed with their healthcare providers.

Definitely keep your child at home if he or she has any of these symptoms:

  • Fever (100.0 degrees or greater… your child may return to school only after his or her temperature has been consistently below 100.0 degrees without fever reducing medication for a minimum of 24 hours). Children can still spread viruses after having fever-reducing medication (Tylenol or Ibuprofen).
  • Cough/Chest congestion
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat

To help prevent the spread of the virus, reinforce good hygiene habits:

  • Wash hands frequently. Good handwashing is key to preventing the spread of illness!
  • Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth
  • Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, cough into your elbow or use a tissue, throw it away and then wash hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

Our custodians are working hard to keep desks and common surfaces disinfected to help limit the spread of germs. We are increasing the amount of alcohol-based hand sanitizer available around the schools so students may keep their hands cleaner while moving through the buildings. However, no amount of cleaning will limit the spread of germs if students who are ill are at school. Keeping a sick child at home will minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom.

If you have any questions please call your child’s school and ask to speak with the school nurse, or email ( Thank you in advance for helping to keep our students and staff as healthy as possible!

Beth Gillenwater, RN

Corporation Nurse, Eminence Elementary and Jr.-Sr. High School

Eminence Community Schools will be closed for two weeks - March 16-27.

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