Below is a letter from the Sumter School District Superintendent Dr. Martin-Knox addressing concerns you may have about COVID-19.

Sumter School District Monitoring Coronavirus

This is the time of year when many of us are coughing, sniffling, sneezing, and just feeling awful. Now that the threat of a global pandemic has been thrown in the mix of cold, flu, and allergy season, we certainly understand why people are concerned.

While the vast majority of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases have been in China, the illness has spread to other countries including the United States. It is important to note that as of March 3, 2020, South Carolina has reported no cases of COVID-19. While COVID-19 has been attracting the most attention, the bigger health hazard in South Carolina is the flu.

Even though the threat of COVID-19 is low, we are still taking precautions. Sumter School District follows coronavirus-related guidance from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), which in turn works closely with the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC). DHEC has protocols in place should anyone in South Carolina become infected with COVID-19. If a student or staff member in Sumter School District were to become infected with COVID-19, the district would follow the recommendations of DHEC and CDC in responding.

Of course, when you hear about a new disease spreading across other parts of the world, it is natural to ask what you can do to protect yourself and your family as well as our students and coworkers. While this virus has not impacted our area, there are great resources available for parents and community members to help keep abreast of the illness and its developments. Click below to view these additional resources.
• Coronavirus Fact Sheet: https://scdhec.gov/sites/default/files/Library/CR-012550.pdf
• What You Need To Know About Coronavirus: https://www.cdc.gov/…/201…/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf
• Stop The Spread Of Germs: https://scdhec.gov/sites/default/files/Library/CR-012563.pdf
We appreciate your help and support as we work to keep our students, staff, and community healthy.

For the children,

Dr. Penelope Martin-Knox
Superintendent