Continued & proactive prep during season of viral illnesses

Dear Caregivers & Students,

During the winter season, viruses that cause respiratory illness are common.

Berkeley County Schools in partnership with local and state agencies is closely monitoring and coordinating with state and local public health and safety partners to be prepared to take additional public health actions, as necessary, to keep our community safe.

Our health and wellness team is closely monitoring incoming reports regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and we are in continuous communication with public health officials as this situation evolves so we have the latest information to share with families, staff and our community. We are also following the guidance and best practices of national agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

It’s natural for people to be concerned and to ask what they can do to protect themselves and their families, so please review the information below to educate you and and your family about recommended precautions to avoid illness during cold and virus season.

Every day preventative tips and actions you and your family can take to stop the spread of germs:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Stay home from work or school if you are sick and avoid close contact with others to help prevent spread of germs
  • If possible, try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth. These areas are often the way germs are transferred into our bodies.

Get the facts about Novel Coronavirus

Currently, West Virginia has no cases of COVID-19 and no patients have been tested or are otherwise under investigation for the illness in the state. Most West Virginians are unlikely to be exposed to COVID-19 at this time, and the immediate health risk is low.

However, according to CDC, due to the rapidly changing nature of the spread of COVID-19 around the world, it is important for families and business to first be aware and in the event of potential community spread be prepared.

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Additional Resources

For updates and more information about novel coronavirus:

As you have heard me say many times, we take the health, safety and well-being of all students and staff very seriously. This is an evolving situation and is constantly being monitored and reassessed. If the situation in Berkeley County changes, we will work cooperatively with the local health department and other health officials and institutions to provide additional information to our school community.

Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation.


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Patrick K. Murphy

Superintendent of Schools

Berkeley County Schools

Berkeley County Schools, now 19,600 students strong, and growing, boasts a diverse population recognized statewide for great success in academics, the arts and athletics.

This newsletter is a publication of the Berkeley County Schools' Communications Office.