TCS COVID-19 Virus Update I 3/16/2020

Dear members of the Temple Christian School community,

As you are now aware, the World Health Organization has declared the recent outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic. On Sunday, March 15, 2020, the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Bahamas was reported by the Ministry of Health (MOH). We must accept the fact that the virus is here, and do all that we can to mitigate the further spread of this virus.

Moving forward, there may be significant impacts on the ability of educational institutions to operate. Some of these impacts may be beyond our control, as directed by the Ministry of Education. Therefore, TCS will continue to monitor the national situation so that we can continue to provide a Christ-centered education in a safe environment.
To this end, TCS endorses the recommended preventative measures of the MOH to help prevent the exponential spread of COVID-19. Therefore, in order to help keep our school safe, we are adopting the following strategies:

I. Students – practice good hygiene by

 

A. Cease handshaking – use other non-contact methods of greeting
B. Cover their mouth with tissue when sneezing or coughing

 

II. Teachers - have students

 

A. Clean hands at the door with hand sanitizers or schedule regular hand washing opportunities throughout the day
B. Create habits and reminders to avoid touching their faces and cover coughs and sneezes
C. Refrain from sharing food


III. Support staff

 

A. Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, chairs, and desks regularly
B. Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning where possible

 

IV. Parents

 

A. Keep at home those who are

 

i. sick with symptoms of cough, runny nose, fever, and body ache or have them seek medical care, or
ii. children with family members either known to be affected by coronavirus, or
having traveled to already affected areas, and

B. Monitor the national situation as indicated by the relevant governmental agencies.

 

Temple Christian School is taking these steps in order to safeguard the health of our students, staff, and parents alike. However, should the national health situation change, it may become necessary to undertake further preventative measures, such as school closure. As a school, let us pray for those who are or will become affected by COVID-19 as well as those whose job it is to provide for their care.

 

Samuel L. Rutherford, Ed. D.
Administrator
Temple Christian School