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Germantown Municipal Schools: some parents who traveled internationally are self-quarantining themselves and their children

At this time, they have no symptoms and have not tested positive for COVID-19.

GERMANTOWN, Tenn. — The Germantown Municipal School District has received reports from parents who have traveled internationally and have been potentially exposed to COVID-19. We appreciate those parents communicating with the district and encourage others to follow their example. We have also learned that some Germantown Municipal School District parents are choosing to self-quarantine.

At this time, they have no symptoms and have not tested positive for COVID-19.

The parents, out of an abundance of caution, will also be keeping their children self-quarantined to avoid any potential exposure to Germantown Municipal School District students. As of March 9, 2020, we have only heard from parents of children at the following schools; Dogwood Elementary School, Forest Hill Elementary School, and Houston Middle School.

We are working closely with the Shelby County Health Department on this issue and will continue to provide updates as we receive more information or if new developments occur.

As stated previously, we have activated enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures in our schools, and our nursing team is carefully monitoring the health symptoms of students and staff.

The Shelby County Health Department reported the county's first case of COVID-19 on Sunday, March 08, 2020. Should a case of COVID-19 be confirmed in Germantown, we will follow the guidance of the health department.

GMSD has a response committee that oversees the district's crisis plan, which includes preparations for infectious diseases and pandemics. The District already has many protocols in place due to guidance by the Tennessee Department of Education.

Above all, it is important to listen to facts and not respond to fear. The Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) has advised that there is no immediate risk to school-age children at this time. Germantown Schools will continue to collaborate with the SCHD and the Tennessee Department of Education and will update parents as more information becomes available.

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The City of Germantown released the following statement Monday afternoon: 

The City of Germantown is actively monitoring the current outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and taking steps to protect employees and residents. The City has been in contact with officials from local, state and national health organizations in order to receive the latest and most accurate information that is available.

If this viral outbreak becomes an emergency epidemic within the community, the City of Germantown has plans in place, including emergency management and continuity of government plans, to ensure the wellbeing of employees as well as the public. In addition, the City will continue to work in conjunction with local resources, such as the Shelby County Emergency Management/Homeland Security Office, the Shelby County Health Department and the Tennessee Department of Health.

It is imperative that the public take the necessary precautions to help reduce the spread of respiratory illnesses, including the COVID-19. The Shelby County Health Department recommends the following precautions:

  • Washing hands with liquid soap and water, and rubbing for at least 20 seconds, or using alcohol-based sanitizer if soap and water are not available;
  • Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing;
  • Staying home if you are sick, especially with respiratory symptoms.
  • Regularly cleaning surfaces touched by many people.

To keep informed of the facts surrounding the COVID-19, please utilize credible sources such as the Shelby County Emergency Management/Homeland Security Office, the Shelby County Health Department, the Tennessee Department of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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