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Valdosta school district discusses coronavirus prevention plan

Posted at 9:24 AM, Feb 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-28 09:24:19-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — School leaders in Valdosta are working to make sure staff and parents are prepared for the coronavirus should it hit south Georgia.

Superintendent WIlliam Cason tells ABC 27 the district will have a committee established next week to make sure the children in the district are protected while on campus.

"The first thing we're gonna do is convene a team of my safety committee and read the document the DOE sent out. That document provides us with steps and guidelines that a school or district needs to do to be combative and prevent the virus from impacting our schools," said Cason.

While the coronavirus committee is working on guidelines to keep the school safe Superintendent Casen wants parents to remember that they play a role in this as well.

"Parents please be aware. Like the flu, make sure your kids are washing their hands, not touching things. We're disinfecting at the schools to make sure that germs are not spread."

And it wasn't just the coronvirus that was brought up at Thursday night's meeting.

Valdosta City Schools is also making a commitment to help out the families in need.

"We want to be an active and positive extension of the families. When there is a need, we want to be able to provide services for our families."

Services such as having social workers on hand and bringing adult literacy programs right into the same schools where many parents children go.

Superintendent Cason says by being an urban school district, they see a lot of homeless and poverty stricken families.

This is an initiative that he says will continue to grow and expand.