Fayette County Public Schools institutes coronavirus action plan

Posted at 7:12 AM, Mar 09, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Fayette County Public Schools is working to keep the novel coronavirus from spreading, now that one person has been diagnosed in Lexington.

Superintendent Manny Caulk sent an email to parents late Sunday night. The email says The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is working with the Kentucky Department for Public Health to identify and speak with everyone who may have come in close contact with the person from Lexington. This process is called "contact tracing."

Those individuals will be monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms.

The email goes on to say the district has detailed plans to help students, staff and families stay healthy, including increasing the frequency of cleaning of all common area surfaces, holding library books for 24-hours before they are placed back into circulation and instituting additional disinfection of buses.

These cleaning procedures begin Monday.

Caulk also is encouraging people to wash their hands frequently and stay home if they're sick.

The school district set up a page on its web site to give up-to-date information about COVID-19.