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  • An interactive global map provided by the Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

U.S. Government Response to COVID-19

Please visit https://www.usa.gov/coronavirus for the most current information from the U.S. government.

The CDC has an aggressive response to identify potential cases and has activated its emergency operations center.

At A Glance — CDC Guidelines

  • Get a flu shot.
  • Take flu antivirals if prescribed.
  • Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. An easy way to mark the time is to hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice while scrubbing.
      • If water and soap are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick or becoming sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue (not your hands) and throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
    • Most at Risk:
      • Older people and those with other health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart problems.
      • Death rate is about 2%
  • Facemasks should only be used by those who show symptoms of COVID-19 to prevent the spread of the disease to others.

Practical precautions

  • Do not travel while sick.
  • Seek medical care right away if you have both symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath and have either recently returned from countries with known infections or have direct exposure to others diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Before going to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.

Doing your part

  • Everyone:
    • Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs as listed above.
  • Health care professionals:
    • Maintain awareness of people with travel history to China as well as fever and respiratory symptoms.
    • When caring for a COVID-19 patient, follow recommended infection control procedures.
  • People who may have COVID-19 infection symptoms:
    • Most common symptoms are fever, tiredness, and a dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore thorough, or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually.
    • Symptoms can take 2-14 days to appear.
    • See a doctor and follow CDC guidance on how to reduce the risk of spreading your illness to others.
  • Travelers:

SHIPPING NOTICE: Shipment of orders is currently limited. During this season of remote learning and work, be sure to note if your shipment is a residential or school/business address and if a specific arrival date is needed. 
As always, please contact the ACSI Care Team at (800) 367-0798 or careteam@acsi.org for assistance. 

Fisher Phillips

Watch the Coronavirus Issues for Schools webinar hosted by Fisher Phillips Education Group that occurred on Friday, March 6th, This webinar focused on school-posed questions. These included planning or canceling trips, spring break processes, distance learning, visitors to campus, quarantines, possible school closures, payment for leaves of absence, and other issues.


Online Resources

School staff can counter fear and/or stigma by:

  • Timely communication of the risk or lack of risk from association with your school site
  • Raise awareness about COVID-19 without increasing fear
  • Share accurate information about how the virus spreads
  • Speak out against negative behaviors, statements, etc. in person or on social media about groups of people or exclusion of people who pose no risk from regular activities
  • Be cautious about shared images to avoid reinforcing stereotypes
  • Share the need for support for people who have returned from impacted regions or are worried about friends or relatives in the affected region.

From the CDC:

  • People who have returned from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19 more than 14 days ago and do not have symptoms are not infected with the virus and contact with them will not give you the virus.
  • People, including those of Asian descent, who have not recently been in an area of ongoing spread of COVID-19 or been in contact with a person who is a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 are not at greater risk of acquiring and spreading COVID-19 than other Americans.

You might want them to arrange to visit family or friends in the states, or another safe country for at least two to three weeks prior to coming to your school. As long as they are not sick and not coming directly from affected areas, that will build in some confidence among your domestic school families that they are not carriers. This may be an “abundance of caution” as the phrase goes, but you don’t want them coming with a stigma that they might be a carrier of the virus.

As the epicenter of this virus has changed from Asian countries to the U.S., this equation has changed. Asian parents may insist that their children return to their homes from the U.S. in order to be safer, in their opinion. International travel may still be restricted for a while but everyone is hopeful that cases will peak soon and be on the decline during the summer months. (Stay tuned to the State Department and CDC guidelines for travel.) Individual decisions about entering the U.S. will need to be made between biological parents, agents, and the school. Schools in certain cities that have been the hardest hit may want to consider a later start date for the fall semester by a few weeks.

Now that education has moved online, schools should determine how they are going to keep track of attendance, so that they can show that they are fulfilling their obligation to educate students. Even if their state doesn’t end up requiring proof, it is a helpful way to track students who are connecting and those who are not. A follow up call or e-mail to those less engaged would be very valuable when demonstrating to parents that the school is fulfilling its contract to provide the education it promised. One of the biggest difficulties for students moving to online learning is the temptation to procrastinate. Requiring daily check-in and completion of some requirements, even if it is minor, helps the student to get connected and involved in learning. It is safer to operate on the assumption that students must still “attend school” in the digital learning environment until we know otherwise.

Check the WHO and CDC website daily for updates—Resources include a centralized Coronavirus page and an interactive map tracking its spread.

While these situations need to be individual discussions, ACSI recommends that you consult with the CDC travel advisory page to help you make a decision based on locations and your specific site needs.

Plan for this contingency. Educate families and students that they may need to come back early to comply with any quarantine periods so they can be ready to start school on-time. Another option is for students to stay in the local community or only travel to less risky areas. The school may also create its own quarantine policy for those who travel to certain areas. Plan for a distant learning solution to keep the students from falling too far behind if they are delayed.

Please post your question in the ACSI Community. If you are an administrator, there are already conversations going amongst your peers and ACSI leadership in the Administrator group.. If you are not an ACSI administrator, you can post your questions on our ACSI member board

Serving Students of All Abilities During COVID-19

Dombrowski, Tubergen and Winkle | April 28, 2020

As teachers and leaders adjust to the social isolation of COVID-19, it has been truly moving to see the ways that our students are deeply cared for by an entire community of believers. Parents and teachers are working hard to identify the most important things that our students might learn in this extraordinary time, while managing grief and anxiety about our world and loved ones.

In this time of little or no in-person community and when our schedules have been turned upside down, it is particularly important for teachers and parents to partner in new ways on behalf of students of all abilities. At All Belong, we have had the privilege of collecting creative ideas for supporting and maintaining church and school communities in this time of crisis. You can view what we’ve collected on our website, and below is a short summary of two popular areas: instructional tips and social/emotional tips.

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ACSI Legal Legislative team is actively looking at issues related to the Cornoavirus COVID-19 outbreak that impact Christian education. Please use the link below to access current, relevant information that is updated as new information unfolds.

COVID-19 ACSI Legal Resources