In order to keep you informed, I wanted to update you on our current efforts regarding the coronavirus in relation to Union County. Union County Public Schools is actively monitoring the status of the virus in order to remain aware of current information. We are reviewing guidance from national organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, our local health department and providers. We are working with school-based staff and public health experts in the development of operational plans to address any local impact that may take place. From preventative steps to potential response plans, we will continue to engage in these efforts as long as necessary to proactively plan for the safest possible environment for our students and staff.

Schools are following the procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to maintain the cleanest and healthiest environment for all students and staff members:


  • Cleaning removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects. Cleaning works by using soap (or detergent) and water to physically remove germs from surfaces. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.

  • Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects. Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces or objects. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.

  • Sanitizing lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements. This process works by either cleaning or disinfecting surfaces or objects to lower the risk of spreading infection.

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are touched often

  • We are following our schools standard procedures for routine cleaning and disinfecting. Typically, this means the daily sanitizing of surfaces and objects that are touched often, such as desks, countertops, doorknobs, computer keyboards, hands-on learning items, faucet handles, phones, and toys. Some schools may also require daily disinfecting of these items. Standard procedures often call for disinfecting specific areas of the school, like bathrooms.

Other common practices that we encourage

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.

  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

For the most up-to-date information about the coronavirus, please refer to the CDC website or call the Union County Health Department at 865/992-3867.Union County Health Department at 865/992-3867.


Dr. James E. Carter, Director

Union County Public Schools

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