Local schools prepping to combat Coronavirus
Cleanliness is something many strive for every day, but now it's got a heightened focus.
"Now we're just taking an extra precaution, boosting up what we already do in the classroom and on campus," said West Bay Elementary Principal Deniece Moss.
Moss says the district is praying for the best, but prepare for the worst.
"Whether it be hand sanitizer, Clorox wipes, paper towels, toilet paper, just to stock up the schools in the case that we have an emergency or need additional supplies," said Moss.
Bay District Schools Superintendent Bill Husfelt tells us the district is following the Florida Department of Health's advisories.
"DOH is recommending social-distancing which means you try to avoid interaction with people for 14 days after you come back from a cruise," said Husfelt.
Education officials say they're also keeping a close eye on the health of students and staff.
"If students have a fever, just like they normally would, we want them to go home. We don't want them to come to school sick. We don't want our teachers to come to school sick," said Husfelt.
Teachers at West Bay tell us they're making sure their students know to wash their hands before they eat and after they go to the restroom.
"Whether it be singing happy birthday, the Happy Birthday song, and making sure that they get in between their nails and underneath their nails and just how to properly wash and dry their hands," said Moss.
With spring break coming up, Moss tells us it's a good opportunity for a little extra disinfectant in the school.
"Wipe down surfaces, maybe twice, make sure that we get all of the desks, and all of the tables, you know wiped down," said Moss.
While no COVID-19 cases are confirmed in Bay County, educators say these precautions provide a valuable lesson.
"It's common sense. But this is just a good time for us to remember why we do it, and the reason why and the importance of it," said Moss.
District leaders tell us they're constantly ordering more disinfectant and hand sanitizers and pushing them out to the schools as fast as they can.