Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Zionsville Community Schools is working closely with the Boone County Health Department, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor an outbreak of respiratory illness caused used by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The virus has been designated SARS-CoV-2, while the disease it causes has been designated COVID-19. The virus is rapidly spreading worldwide. Coronavirus (COVID-19) is not at all connected to race, ethnicity or nationality.

This is an evolving situation, and updates are available from the Indiana State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including updated Travel Notices for countries with community transmission.

This page is intended to provide information about COVID-19, precautions that are being taken and prevention measures you can take, as well as information on the effects of measures various governments are taking to stem the outbreak.

This page is not intended to be all-encompassing and should not be considered to be providing medical or legal advice. In all instances, you should consult with a relevant expert for guidance specific to your circumstances.

Lastly, please call the ISDH Epidemiology Resource Center at 317-233-7125 [317-233-1325 after hours] or e-mail epiresource@isdh.in.gov if you experience symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath and have a recent history of travel to highly affected areas or contact with someone suspected of having COVID-19.

CORONAVIRUS COMMUNICATIONS TO FAMILIES, STAFF, COMMUNITY

We are about to embark upon a great combined effort. I’m thinking of it as a tug-of-war against a set of adversities worthy of our best team effort with all of us at the rope—well, six feet apart from one another!

  1. We are pulling for our school year to be saved such that student growth can continue across the weeks ahead. The context is unusual for us because we have not aimed to be a completely online school. We know the depth of connection and understanding that is enhanced by “being there” among classmates and supportive teachers, counselors, and other school supports for students and families--social workers, occupational therapists, speech therapists and more. Each of us has an important spot at the rope on this shared challenge, and I know we can succeed together. 
  1. Yes, the Governor has stipulated that 20 instructional days can be waived, and ZCS used one of those days on Friday. We got to work together for calibration of systems and responses to producing e-learning across multiple days, but we will bank the other 19 potentially waived days to see what happens with the tracking of community spread as more testing becomes available. 
  1. We pull together in this community tug-of-war against a weighty force that grows as we NEED TO BE increasingly physically distanced to stop community spread. We have to stay home, and this presents unbelievable challenges for parents who also HAVE TO work—because they are helpers in the CoVID-19 fight or because they cannot be workers from home and keep their employment during this phase of the war against community spread. We pull together for the food insecure—and unlike being able to help with the child care issues of this forced separation, ZCS can be helpful to families with food needs, but you must reach out so we know. Please use this link - CONFIDENTIAL FOOD NEEDS FORM. 
  1. We all tug at the rope in the area of technology, and some of our providers (Canvas, etc.) are in a fight to be able to serve the most exponential increase in e-learning in the history of e-learning. We may see technology slower than normal. Too, if elementary folks (who are not in 1:1 computing like grades 5-12) are technology insecure, perhaps we can offer remote assistance, but we’ll have to know the issue(s), and this form is the ticket—as in, a work ticket for our amazing tech crew. It is ALWAYS best to interact with the teacher assigning the work, but here is a TECHNOLOGY ASSISTANCE FORM for non-assignment issues. Note that we cannot even help ourselves with technology if all of the online life of the coming weeks “breaks” the internet or slows it to a crawl. We have already provided internet hotspots to families in need. We want to help you help your child be successful however we can. 
  1. At the community tug-of-war rope with us all in the coming weeks are parents who were great first teachers who did interact with their newborn-to-five-year-olds in spite of having smart phones with which to be distracted. These are parents who read to their kids who are now ZCS students—and took them to play dates and museums, and early team learning in youth sports, and on and on. But most ZCS parents are not K-12 teachers who have been trained to engage their children in sequential and spiraling tasks and projects designed to build on various learning capacities. If you’re a parent who will feel like dropping from our collective tug-of-war rope because you find the daily grind of e-learning too hard, please hold on to the rope and go to this specific place in your mind: “I’m NOT the teacher. I’m the facilitator and extension of the teacher in my home, but I’m not the teacher!”  Then steady your grip on the rope and please keep pulling with us. Please try to avoid blaming the teacher for not being there beside you. (Hey, the internet may be slow for all of us anyway. It will take time to hit the stride of this. The roller coaster will have ups and downs. Oh, sorry, I’m mixing metaphors…Back to the rope thing!) Seriously, this WILL be okay, and the minute you start to stress or expect perfection, take a lap in your home or yard, or assign the lap to your kid(s). Let us all be in flexibility mode! As hard as this is for all families, be in support and respect for parents who have exceptional learners whose trained special education teachers, specialists, and instructional assistants are in touch, but with virtual supports in the coming days. Our great faculty and specialists will be supporting, to be sure, but it will be very difficult for these parents/families. We all pull with them in this community tug-of-war.

 

So tomorrow morning we will all be spaced along this tug-of-war rope. We will need to be pulling in the same direction. There are various aspects of hardship here, to be sure, but I know there is not a better community team anywhere. Some of us will stumble in the mud of it and it will be messy, but we can and will pull together—even if separately because of the main point of all of this, to distance ourselves from community spread that can harm the medically fragile of any age, and the elders with whom most of us interact at school, in the community,  and in our extended families.

These are unprecedented times. We have unequaled community capacity where none of us is strong in every way, but together, we are good to go!

Thanks for leading where you are.

March 12, 2020

Dear ZCS Families,

This is message two (2) of the school closure series. As promised during our messaging at 2:30 PM today, here are more details about our closure. This situation is truly unprecedented for all of us. We thank you for your partnership and support as we implement this temporary online version of ZCS.

E-LearningOur schools will close as of 6PM today, March 12, in preparation for our upcoming E-learning structure.  Our staff is ready for these upcoming learning days.  E-learning will begin on Monday, 3/16, with e-learning assignments delivered electronically by 9:00AM. As students work through the lessons, professional staff will be at the ready to support them.  All assignments will be released in Canvas, our learning management system. 

If your family requires assistance in acquiring internet connectivity, please click here to request support.  

Essential Instructional Material Pick-Up:  We have set the following times for pick-up of essential student items on our campuses tomorrow.  

If your child has items at school required for successful completion of the E-day assignments or other needs (computer, charger, calculator, books, instrument, etc.), families may pick up these essential items on Friday, March 13th

Time frames set for pick-up of essential items by student’s last name initial:

Student Last Name Initial

Times on Friday, 3/13/2020

A-C

8:30-10:30

D-G

9:30-11:30

H-L

10:30-12:30

M-O

11:30-1:30

P-S

12:30-2:30

T-Z

1:30-3:30

Medication Needs:  Collection of prescription medication from the clinic at your child’s school will be available during regular school hours on Friday, March 13th. To expedite this process, please fill out the form below so our nurses can have your medicine available when you arrive. Parents or guardians will need to report to the school to receive the medication. Please fill out THIS FORM if you plan to pick up any medication. 

 Meal Assistance:  For anyone interested in meal assistance, food service packages will be available from 1-4 PM at the Educational Services Center (900 Mulberry Street, Door 11), tomorrow, Friday, March 13, 2020.  One meal packet per student, please.  Any ZCS family in need of meal assistance is welcome.   If additional meal assistance is needed during this time of school closure, please contact Maggie Ioannacci at 317-873-2858, extension 11267.

JEL Students (Washington Township) and Cosmetology Students (Lebanon High School)ZCS is closed and therefore attendance at JEL is not expected.  JEL will be communicating directly with families regarding their plans.  As of this writing, Lebanon Community Schools is closed.

ZCS Sports/Clubs/TeamsPublic activity throughout our campuses is prohibited.  During this shutdown, all school buildings and athletic campuses are closed. 

Rentals, practices, games, performances, etc. are prohibited for all of ZCS at least until spring break ends on Friday, April 3rd.

We promised the CoVID-19 webpage in last Thursday’s parent update. It is ready and will be updated throughout the school closure.  This webpage can be found by clicking here.

I will certainly keep our pattern of Thursday messages going. Messaging from principals and teachers will dot the landscape of the coming days as well. Though this school closure is a huge heavy lift for a great many families, these times are completely unprecedented. (We just heard that the State of Ohio closed all of its schools today for the same reason we did it here in Zionsville!

Our planning team was moved by a social media post we saw this afternoon by a Zionsville parent, Lauren Spillman, while apparently feeling a bit of trepidation about the closure. We know Lauren well as a former ZCS teacher, and I hope that on your street there is someone just like her leaning confidently into this school closure’s challenges and opportunities. Seek out your inner Lauren Spillman, and this will all be fine, if a little messy at times!  “The teacher in me just has to say:  The way we react to this homeschool news and begin to prepare will set the tone for your kids these coming weeks.  The most planned day for a teacher is the first.  Schedule, breakfast, dress code, breaks, expectations, and an end time are all in place.  Take the time to plan your first day…in writing…with them if appropriate.  Then stick to it.  Revise Monday night if you need to.  We got this, Mamas.  Don’t let the kids know we’re scaredJ

Sincerely,

Scott Robison, Superintendent of Schools

Dear ZCS Families:

Boone County Health Department physician, Dr. J.R. Servies, spoke with me last evening and early this morning, his very clear statement provided guidance to the ZCS Board of Trustees about the announcement made IN THIS BRIEF VIDEO, "Definitive science about the novel coronavirus is insufficient to continue operating our schools and other large gatherings as we normally do."   (Or paste in this link for the video: https://vimeo.com/397246172/3277802c4b)

This is the first in a series of messages that will be designed to support students and families throughout our complete school closure that begins today at 6PM. This includes ALL activities, rentals, special events, performances, etc. ZCS WILL BE CLOSED TO THE COMMUNITY!

Tomorrow, March 13, 2020, will be a NON-STUDENT DAY and there will be NO E-LEARNING tomorrow, Friday, March 13. Tomorrow is a day for faculty and support staff  to finalize plans for many successive days of e-learning that will begin on Monday, March 16, 2020.  More information about the schedule of e-days leading up to spring break (which begins on 3-27-2020) will be communicated later this afternoon. 

This is an unprecedented time, and while I know this decision is a difficult one for many families, we take this action in effort to protect against the sort of community spread of coronavirus (CoVID-19) that has killed vulnerable individuals in many places around the globe.

Sincerely,

Scott Robison, Superintendent of Schools

Dear ZCS Nation:

A brief Tuesday dispatch from our ZCS CTG (Coronavirus Task Group).  

Foremost, the Boone County Health Department and Indiana State Department of Health have assured all Boone County superintendents that the first confirmed CoVID-19 case in Boone County is a person who has no contact with schools. 

REPEAT: Boone County’s first confirmed coronavirus case is a person who has NO CONNECTION to any of our schools. (Source: Boone County Health Department physician, Dr. J.R. Servies)

TALKING ABOUT CoVID-19!

Thanks to ZCS neuropsychologist Dr. Amanda Slonaker for sharing THIS GREAT RESOURCE FOR PARENTSfrom the National Association of School Psychologists. The page has great tips and contextual information for sharing about CoVID-19 with school age children and young adults.

WE RELY ON PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERTS 

The well being of ZCS students, staff, and community members is of huge importance to the Zionsville Community Schools. Regarding all coronavirus matters, we rely on scientific and medical experts in our county and state public health agencies. Public health experts are the ones whose guidance and/or orders will impact topics like school closure, self or directed quarantine, travel restrictions, diagnostic testing, etc. ZCS is not a public health agency and has no such jurisdiction. We are very fortunate to have public health experts so responsively available to our school leaders.

TODAY’S BOONE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH MESSAGE

Copied below is an excerpt from messaging by Thomas Ryan, Preparedness Coordinator for the Boone County Health Department. I first saw one of Tom’s excellent updates last Friday. This one does not disappoint either!

Good afternoon All,

The difference a day can make. As I am sure you have heard by now, we have a confirmed Corona Virus  (CoVID-19) case in Boone County. We were expecting this to happen at some point and are prepared for it. The important thing to remember is that the risk is still considered LOW and that much of the guidance has not changed. I will, however, be sending guidance from the state that was sent out this morning.

I understand there are a lot of questions and reports coming from all angles, so let’s cut through the noise and get to the information.

What we know:

There has been a positive CoVID-19 case in Boone County.

The person is under self-quarantine.

The person has NO children within the school system.

Changes:

There are really no changes to the response guidance at this time.

There have been no conversations about canceling events or other large gatherings, on our end.

What we can do to limit spread within our community and protect ourselves:

  • Remain Calm, the risk is still considered low.
  • We are still recommending proper hygiene guidelines which have been attached and a link which can be found here:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html

  • Here is a link to a CDC CoVID-19 fact sheet that can be printed out, posted, and referenced:

            https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf

  • There have been no local travel restrictions. However, an updated list of non-local travel restrictions/advisories can be found here:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

Dear ZCS Nation:

This is a weekly update of our continued coronavirus monitoring and preparations. At present there are dozens of agencies with websites full of links about uncertainties and facts regarding the novel coronavirus. Herein I aim to share about our trusted resources, provide some updates, and preview current and upcoming actions toward accomplishing our foremost priority of protecting student health.

We continue to follow the excellent websites and updates from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html and the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) (https://www.in.gov/isdh/28470.htm). Weekly updates are available at both of these websites.

CAREFUL TRAVEL HELPS AVOID SELF-QUARANTINE!

Spring break is just ahead for us in ZCS (March 27-April 5). Among others, IU and Purdue have issued guidance about spring break travel that may increase the likelihood of COVID-19 spread. "Every person traveling for any reason from a Level 2 or Level 3 country…MUST self-quarantine off campus for 14 days upon return to the U.S. Today, the list includes..., but new countries could be added at any time including while you are traveling.” (Source: Indiana University Public Safety Advisory, 3/4/2020)

From Purdue:In accordance with CDC guidelines, those who choose to travel to countries with a CDC level 3 travel advisory for coronavirus must self-quarantine for 14 days... Travelers should also note that the possibility exists that a country experiencing an outbreak could suspend travel in and out of the country and could result in travelers being stranded. (Source: Purdue University News, 3/5/2020)

ZCS requests that all families traveling for spring break follow the same guidance of self-quarantine and self-report to school authorities when indicating a students’ need for absence on and after April 6 if spring break travel includes any CDC designated level 2 or level 3 country.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box, MD, met today with various state officials reporting no confirmed Indiana COVID-19 cases. ISDH will allow county authorities to make decisions regarding school closings, length of closings, and quarantine requirements. (ZCS has strong relationships with Boone County Health officials, our St. Vincent Health partners, and other experts as well.) Dr. Box also reported that there are not enough testing kids for COVID-19 in Indiana. ISDH will work with the Indiana Department of Education regarding extended school closings, if needed. (Source: R. Taylor, Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents – 3/5/2020)

WHAT'S NEW AND WHAT’S AHEAD?

This is your second weekly update from ZCS, and we will keep at it until this crisis ends.

  • ZCS continues to utilize cleaning protocols consistent with CDC and ISDH guidance for schools. This is our cold and flu season practice, and we have recently elevated our capacity for faster deep cleaning using a specific system recommended for this purpose.
  • ZCS has an internal task group overseeing eight (8) specific areas/themes for our monitoring and preparedness work (facilities/cleaning, quarantine, school closure, expert counsel, technology, human resources, information repositories, and communications).
  • Two science-trained professionals have been added to our task group as consultants, an immunologist/microbiologist and an epidemiologist. These are volunteer ZCS district residents. Additionally, we have real-time access to our St. Vincent Health partners as well as county and state health officials.
  • Our technology team has been working on leveraging our e-learning and other capacities to assist if this crisis should result in school closure of any duration.
  • A ZCS COVID-19 webpage has been created for parents, staff, and students with interest in important links, information, FAQs, etc. We anticipate launching the page at or around the time of next week’s update, unless this rapidly moving picture warrants otherwise.

The number one priority of our schools is the safety and well-being of the students we serve. We cannot be effective in this pursuit given the uncertainties of COVID-19 without parent diligence and cooperation.

  • Please do take seriously the self-quarantine and reporting responsibility of parents if your family’s travel takes you to a level two or level three country.
  • Please digest the ISDH parent letter circulated by the Indiana Department of Education today.

 

Scott Robison, Superintendent

Dear ZCS Families and Team Members--

Zionsville Community Schools officials are aware of recent statements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and The World Health Organization (WHO) about the coronavirus (COVID-19). Additionally, we have seen various news organizations’ suggestions that parents reach out to their schools to learn about plans if response to COVID-19 becomes a local need.

There are no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our schools. If this were to occur, we would notify staff, students, and parents/guardians from the involved school(s) and rely on our partnerships with Boone County and State of Indiana health officials for the most up-to-date advice about next steps in our response. We have utilized online learning days (e-days) for inclement weather and staff professional development for eight years, and we could use this mode of instruction for a time if school closure were ordered or deemed necessary. Each cold and flu season we engage in cleaning processes that help reduce the spread of infectious diseases.

We will continue to monitor and follow CDC, State of Indiana, and Boone County Health Department guidance as more is learned about the incubation, means of transmission, containment, and treatment of this disease. CDC recommendations to prevent the spread of a respiratory virus include:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
  • Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick. The CDC recommends that individuals remain home for at least 24 hours after no longer having a fever or signs of a fever (i.e., chills, feeling warm, etc.).
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately discard the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Take any anti-viral medication prescribed to you as instructed.

Staying informed about this developing situation is important for everyone to do, and ZCS leaders have the health and safety of students and staff as their foremost priority.

Thank you for your continued support in keeping our students and staff safe. More information on the coronavirus is available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus and at the excellent Indiana State Department of Health website found at https://www.in.gov/isdh/28470.htm . 

Sincerely,

 

Scott Robison, Ph.D., Superintendent of Schools
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing respiratory illness in people and others circulating among animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can evolve and infect people and then spread between people. Previous coronavirus outbreaks have included severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes the risk to the American public of becoming infected with this novel coronavirus is currently low. Because this is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation, the CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available, including any changes in the risk assessment.

Symptoms of Coronavirus are similar to flu or colds and may include:

  • Shortness of Breath
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • A general feeling of being unwell

 

Please call the ISDH Epidemiology Resource Center at 317-233-7125 [317-233-1325 after hours] or e-mail epiresource@isdh.in.gov if you experience symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath and have a recent history of travel to highly affected areas or contact with someone suspected of having COVID-19.

Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:

  • The air by coughing and sneezing
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands

 

Although we have a lot to learn about this virus, it is currently believed that it spreads like other respiratory viruses- by people with the infection coughing and sneezing. These droplets are inhaled by other people or moved to the eyes, nose or mouth by contaminated hands.

Students are safe to come to school. However, just like with any illness, families should keep students at home who are sick and show flu-like symptoms:

  • Fever 
  • Cough
  • ​Shortness of breath
  • Body aches
  • Tiredness
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea

You can reduce the risk of spreading coronaviruses by taking the same steps as you would to prevent infection from the flu and the common cold:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for a least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer, with 60-95% alcohol if water is not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and immediately dispose of the used tissue.

Our professional custodial staff is working hard every day to keep schools and buses clean and healthy for all students and staff. Specifically, our efforts to protect students and teachers from all virus and flu-like symptoms include sanitizing touchpoints.  These touchpoints are places that are utilized frequently throughout the day:

  • Door Handles / Knobs
  • Door Push Bars
  • Light Switches
  • Sink Faucet Handles / Knobs
  • Drinking Fountains
  • Paper Towel Dispensers
  • Hand Soap Dispensers
  • Stairwell Handrails
  • Toilet / Urinal Handles
  • Toilet Stall Door Handles
  • Counter Tops/Desktops
  • Elevator Control Buttons
  • Pencil Sharpeners

Students, staff, and volunteers who are:

  • Ill with a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing AND have traveled from China or other highly affected areas in the last 14 days.
  • Ill with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing AND have been identified by public health officials as a recent close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case or had recent close contact with someone who is being evaluated for COVID-19 infection.
 

Please call the ISDH Epidemiology Resource Center at 317-233-7125 [317-233-1325 after hours] or e-mail epiresource@isdh.in.gov if you experience symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath and have a recent history of travel to highly affected areas or contact with someone suspected of having COVID-19.

A close contact is a person who has been within about 6 feet of a person with confirmed novel coronavirus infection for a prolonged period of time or has had direct contact with secretions from a person with confirmed novel coronavirus infection.

CDC definition

You can help students and staff reduce their risk for getting and spreading viral respiratory infections, including the flu and the common cold, by encouraging them to take simple steps which will also prevent COVID-19. These include:

  • Staying home when they are sick.
  • Frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after they blow their nose. Help young children do the same. If hands are visibly dirty, use soap and water to clean hands.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Advising persons to avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Following the school's routine cleaning and disinfection program. Emphasizing to clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Covering coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash and cleaning hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not readily available).
  • Urging students and staff to get a flu shot during the flu season.
  • Providing adequate supplies for good hygiene, including clean and functional hand-washing stations, soap, paper towels, and alcohol‐based hand sanitizer.

We understand that some community members are concerned. Remember that according to our state and local health departments, the risk to our community and to the U.S. population as a whole is currently low.

You can help prevent the spread of colds and other viral ailments by doing the following:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Wash your hands often and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.
 

Please call the ISDH Epidemiology Resource Center at 317-233-7125 [317-233-1325 after hours] or e-mail epiresource@isdh.in.gov if you experience symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath and have a recent history of travel to highly affected areas or contact with someone suspected of having COVID-19.

If you are sick, you should take steps you normally would when sick, including focusing on caring for your health, contacting your healthcare provider if you feel you need to, not attending class if contagious, and in the event you miss class due to illness, working with your instructor on any necessary arrangements for making up coursework.

If you develop symptoms — such as a fever, cough or shortness of breath — within 14 days of your return from personal or official travel to a country with a COVID-19 outbreak OR have been exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19, please take the steps listed below.

If you have NOT returned in the past 14 days from travel to a country with a COVID-19 outbreak OR have NOT been exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19 but do have fever and respiratory symptoms, please also take the following steps.

First: Call your health provider in advance. Please do not show up at a clinic, urgent care or other health facility without calling first. Your provider will need to take special measures to protect other people in the clinic.

The CDC also advises you to:

  • Avoid contact with others and do not travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean your hands by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol immediately after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.

 

Monitor your symptoms closely. Remember that the likelihood is low that you have coronavirus. Take your temperature if you believe you have a fever.

Stay home from school and work until at least 24 hours after your fever ends. If you must go out of the house or be around others, wear a mask and avoid close contact. Be especially careful around infants and small children as well as people who have compromised immune systems and/or are over the age of 65. If you returned from China in the last 14 days, and your arrival date was February 2 or later, you will have received instructions from the CDC and from the local or state health department. Please follow these instructions. Guidelines for travelers returning from other countries are available from the CDC.

Take care of yourself. Rest as much as possible. Drink lots of fluids.

Even if you haven’t returned from one of these countries, if you have respiratory illness plus a fever you could have the flu or another virus. Please contact your healthcare provider or nurse advice line before going to a clinic or doctor’s office.

Additional note for anyone arriving recently from China: Based on CDC guidance, if you have arrived in the U.S. on or after Feb. 3, 2020 AND visited mainland China in the previous 14 days, you should stay at home and not attend class  until a full 14 days have passed since your last day in mainland China.

Collection of medicine from the clinic at your student's school will be available during regular school hours on Friday, March 13th. To expedite this process, please fill out the form below so our nurses can have your medicine available when you arrive. Parents or Guardians (no students) will need to report to the school to receive the medication.
 
Please fill out THIS FORM if you plan to pick up any medication.  
We realize some of our families do not have access to broadband services in their home. In the event that ZCS moves to E-learning days, we want to ensure that everyone has access to those eLearning lessons. If you do not have broadband access in your home, please fill out the following form and we will work to get you a device that will allow you to access our eLearning lessons. PLEASE NOTE THAT WE HAVE A VERY LIMITED SUPPLY OF THIS TECHNOLOGY AND MAY NOT BE ABLE TO FILL ALL NEEDS.  
 
To request a hotspot please fill out THIS FORM or call (317) 733-4810 and leave a message.  
For anyone interested in meal assistance, please fill the THIS FORM out and we will reach out with details. 
COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS