Coronavirus Update No. 4
March 20, 2020
Dear Fleming Countians,
Thank you so much for your support of our students, teachers, staff, and the district during the school closure. As we move into Week 2, I want to stress how important it is to model what Governor Beshear and President Trump continue to encourage: remote learning/working and social distancing. If you do not need to go anywhere, please stay home. Acceptable reasons to go places include purchasing groceries/food, prescriptions, medical care, going to the bank, and purchasing supplies for livestock and crops. This is not the time for sleepovers, family reunions, or other communal events.
Right now, Kentucky is NOT experiencing a speedy spread of the COVID-19, like other states such as California, New York, and Washington. Why? Because of the quick decisions made by Governor Beshear, local health departments, and responsible citizens. Our goal, together, has to be to protect our community. This includes protecting and not overwhelming our first responders, police officers, pharmacists, physicians, and other medical professionals who are on the frontlines. It is our moral responsibility and our patriotic duty to stay at home as much as possible. Our actions and behaviors now will impact how fast we can return to normal and how far-reaching the spread of this dangerous and deadly disease will be.
We can look to the Spanish Flu of 1918 to see what measures worked. The spread was different from city to city and community to community. Those cities and communities who were proactive early did not experience the level of virus and fatalities like those cities and communities who did not take precautions. Communities in 1918 that required people to stay indoors, limited travel, and practiced social distancing, experienced success and reduced the loss of life substantially. Being proactive is key. We cannot wait until we have an outbreak like in other states. We must act now!
By following the advice of our elected leaders we can collectively mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus and get back to our normal lives much sooner. I want our community to get back to work, students back to school, and our everyday lives back to normal. The more we sacrifice now, the less we will sacrifice later. At the end of the day, I want to make sure that every student, teacher, staff member, and member of the Fleming community make it through this very difficult time. We can succeed if we all work together.
Our Journey Continues…
Brian K. Creasman
Fleming County Schools