Important Information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

published March 9, 2020

Dear Families,

South Sioux City Community Schools and the Dakota County Health Department are aware that our local Special Olympics team participated in a tournament at the Fremont YMCA on Saturday, February 29, 2020.   The twelve Middle and High School students that participated are at very low risk due to limited (if any) exposure to an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 who was at the same event.   

Out of extreme caution, state and local health officials are asking the players, coaches and team staff from South Sioux City, Dakota City and Dakota County who participated in that event to take two measures to be cautious:

  • Self-quarantine and monitor themselves for development of COVID-19 symptoms until Saturday, March 14.
  • Self-report to the Dakota County Health Department for guidance and next steps.

Our students are depending on us to make sure they are safe. Part of that responsibility is to pass along the proper information about the disease and how best to prevent it from spreading. There are some simple, everyday steps you can take to reduce your chances of exposure and to protect others. Fortunately, those steps are the same that you would take to prevent the flu, the common cold, and other respiratory illnesses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue (or sleeve) and throw the tissue away.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Take care of your health overall. Staying current on your vaccinations, including the flu vaccine, eating well, and exercising all help your body stay resistant to disease.
  • Consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel website for any travel advisories and steps to protect yourself if you plan to travel outside of the US.

 To prevent stigma and discrimination, use only the guidance described by the Dakota County Health Department and state public health authorities. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any additional questions.

Sincerely,

Todd Strom, Superintendent
South Sioux City Community School District