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UPDATED 3/25/20: What you need to know about the COVID-19 pandemic
UPDATED 3/25/20: What you need to know about the COVID-19 pandemic
ACS
Tuesday, March 03, 2020


Allendale County Schools officials are monitoring information and updates from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). This page will be updated as information is ever-changing.


Words to Know:

  1. Coronavirus – A large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals.
  2. COVID-19 – Abbreviation for the coronavirus disease 2019, a disease caused be a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans.
  3.  Social Distancing – Measures intended to limit the movement of people in order to interrupt the transmission of infectious, contagious diseases.
  4. Isolation – Separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
  5. Quarantine – Separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.
  6. Community Spread – When people have been infected with the virus in an area and some are not sure how or where they became infected.
  7. Epidemic – Affecting or tending to affect a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population, community or region at the same time. 
  8. Pandemic – Occurring over a wide geographic area and affecting an exceptionally high proportion of the population.
  9. Presumptive Positive - Individuals with at least one respiratory specimen that tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 at a state or local laboratory

Sources: U.S. Centers for Disease Control, Merriam-Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary



Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. What is the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

2. How does the Coronavirus (COVID-19) spread?

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

3. How can COVID-19 be prevented?

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

4. Are all school events canceled? 

All school activities, sporting events, field trips and after school activities are canceled until further notice.

5. What is the ACS e-Learning plan?

During this Emergency eLearning initiative, teachers have assigned an iPad to each student and issued the iPads to the student's parent on Tuesday, March 17th.

Parents or guardians MUST sign the school's 2020 Emergency e-Learning Receipt of Technology Equipment to receive the device.

Instruction will be provided to students through various online applications. Students will have access to educational programs through district’s single sign-on solution, ClassLink (my.classlink.com/Allendale). These applications include:

Acellus Achieve 3000Algebra Nation
GizmoMastery ConnectOffice 365
USA TestPrepiReadyOthers

ClassLink QuickCards will be issued with iPads to ensure that students are able to login and access these familiar resources.  

In addition, teachers are using teacher webpages to upload assignments and additional resources to be completed and used by students during this emergency closure.  Students will be required to access the teacher pages to download and complete assignments.  Students will be able to email questions and assignments to teachers when completed.  All teacher’s email addresses are located on the district’s webpage.

6. How can students without internet at home gain internet access?

The district is aware that every student may not internet access.  To address this issue the district has taken the following actions:

  • The district has ensured that wi-fi is available in the parking lot of each school near the school’s main office. 
  • The district has purchased Kajeet SmartBus Wi-Fi to be installed on specific school buses.  The buses will be parked strategically throughout the county to provide wi-fi access for students.  These locations will be announced on the district’s webpage, social media platforms and by all call. 
  • The district will work with local churches to provide wi-fi access to our students.
  • The district has provided the state’s link to free internet services for low income families on the district’s webpage. 

7. Are meals being served to students during the closure? If so, where?

Yes. Click this link to view meal distribution locations.




Links for additional information:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fact Sheet

Stop the Spread of Germs

What You Need to Know About COVID-19

COVID-19 (CDC)

COVID-19: Five Helpful Responses for Families

Hand-washing and Sanitizing (CDC)

Helping children cope with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreak

Supporting Kids During the Coronavirus Crisis

Talking to Children About Coronavirus (COVID19)

DHEC: COVID-19

DHEC Care Line: 1-855-472-3432