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Oakland Avenue Charter School

Posted on: March 13, 2020

[ARCHIVED] A message from the Principal regarding Spring Break travel

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March 13, 2020

With all the discussion surrounding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), you may have questions about how the Oakland Avenue Charter School is responding. OACS is continuing to monitor information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health officials regarding COVID-19.

Our top priority is to ensure the well-being of our students and staff based on the recommendations of official sources and available information.

As we approach spring break, parents and students should be aware of and follow the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) International Travel Advisory, summarized below:

Travel Advisory

  • Follow the CDC’s information for travel advisory information listed here: If any member of your household goes to any of the countries listed, self-isolate for 14 days before returning to school or coming on school grounds. If you or your child become symptomatic, immediately self-isolate and contact your County Health Department or health care provider.
  • The CDC recommends travelers defer all cruise ship travel worldwide. Students and employees who cruise despite the recommendation -- regardless of the destinations -- are asked to self-isolate for 14 days beginning on the day you disembark. If you or your child become symptomatic, immediately self-isolate and contact your County Health Department or health care provider.

Effective immediately, we are asking all members of our school community to self-report their travel and possible exposure to COVID-19. Anyone who travels by air, travels out-of-state, to a high-risk location identified by the CDC, on a cruise ship, or believes they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should report their travel to OACS through Bloomz or email ( to Mrs. Dwyer. 

What’s being done at the school?

  • Increasing the cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and placing hand sanitizer in classrooms.
  • Enhancing awareness efforts to help stop the spread of germs by hanging informational materials in classrooms.
  • Encouraging hand-washing among students.
  • Reviewing travel plans to limit the spread and risk of exposure to COVID-19.
  • Encouraging self-reporting and self-isolation.

Protection and Prevention

  • The CDC reminds everyone to practice proper hygiene habits to help prevent the spread of this and other respiratory illnesses like the flu.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cough or sneeze into an elbow or use a tissue and place immediately in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using household cleaning sprays or wipes.

If you or your child have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, please seek medical care. Contact your health care provider by phone ahead of your visit and tell them about your recent travel and symptoms.

The Florida Department of Health’s Call Center is available 24/7 by calling (866) 779-6121 or by emailing

Information will continue to be shared via Bloomz. We will be in communication as we receive more information. We look forward to returning to the normal routine of school life and we are thankful for your patience, understanding and cooperation as we navigate this complex issue together.

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