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February 26 - COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Important Health Information from Sarasota County Schools

February 26, 2020

Dear Sarasota County families,

Given the recent, elevated attention to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in national and local media, we wanted to reach out with information and important health tips.

There are no cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Florida and there is no cause for alarm at this time; however, we are encouraging our schools to proactively plan. District staff will be creating a plan for our schools in collaboration with the Center for Disease Control, the Department of Health, and the State Department of Education. We will update our entire school community as important information is shared with us by these entities. For the most up-to-date information on the Coronavirus, we encourage you to visit

Since this is also flu and cold season, please note these helpful CDC & DOH health and wellness tips:

  • Diligently and thoroughly wash hands
  • Cough into the sleeve of your shirt (or tissues that are properly disposed of)
  • Avoid sharing food and drinks with others
  • Continue to eat healthy foods, exercise and get adequate sleep
  • Students/staff/teachers with a fever should be excluded from school until they are fever-free without medication for 24 hours

--Sarasota County Schools