Richmond County Public Schools posted the following message on their Facebook page on March 13:
In light of the recent attention to COVID-19, We want to assure you that we are taking all precautionary measures that are recommended by the Virginia Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Virginia Department of Education.
Dr. Smith, and all superintendents, are participating in daily briefing calls with the VDOE, CDC and VDH. We are making all decisions based on the information provided in these phone calls.
Some of the actions we are taking include: having Service Master wipe down hard surfaces every day, with wipes approved to kill respiratory viruses like flu and COVID-19; wiping down surfaces throughout the day, every day (also known as systematic cleaning), installing hand sanitizer stations throughout the schools, and making sure that students and staff who are sick stay home until their fevers are gone.
You should also know that we have a plan in place in case the guidance from the CDC changes. We are working diligently to make sure that students have access to meals and quality instruction in the case of closing. Each of our staff members is truly dedicated to ensuring that our students' routines are as normal as possible.
We will continue to update you through Facebook, our web page and our all call system. Know that our community's health and well being are our greatest concern, and all actions we are taking are designed to protect both.