Community Health

Due to the number of emails we have received regarding the Coronavirus, we are currently unable to respond individually to your communications.  Please know that we appreciate your continued engagement with us.

Virtual Learning at IC Imagine

Please visit our Virtual Learning page to learn more about Virtual Learning at IC Imagine during the school Closure.

School Communication Regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

IC Imagine Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions  Disponible en Español aqui

March 2, 2020

March 9, 2020

March 11, 2020

March 12, 2020

March 13, 2020- School Closed, Monday 3.16.20

March 13, 2020- Technology Update Disponible en Español aqui

March 14, 2020

March 16, 2020 Disponible en Español aqui

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March 19, 2020

March 27, 2020

Important Resources Regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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School and Childcare Guidance Buncombe County Department of Health and Human Services March 13, 2020

Buncombe County Department of Health and Human Services

Buncombe Ready: COVID-19

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Centers for Disease Control

World Health Organization

Talking to Children about COVID-19 (Coronavirus):  A Parent Resource

As concerns regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) have recently risen, we want you to know that we are carefully monitoring the situation. As a school, IC Imagine takes our responsibility to create a safe and healthy learning environment seriously. We serve students, staff, and visitors from throughout the community. All of these people may have close contact in the school setting, often sharing spaces, equipment, and supplies.

For more information on coronavirus, you can visit the NC Department of Health and Human Services resource page here or the Buncombe County Department of Health and Human Services page here.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) virus, and we are learning more about it every day. There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. At this point, the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes it. Stopping transmission (spread) of the virus through everyday practices is the best way to keep people healthy. More information is available from the Center for Disease Control here.

Right now, we are asking everyone to be vigilant in their efforts to prevent the spread of any sickness. Below is guidance from the Center for Disease Control on preventing the spread of germs. 

  1. Avoid close contact.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

  1. Stay home when you are sick.

If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.

  1. Cover your mouth and nose.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Flu and other serious respiratory illnesses, like respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), are spread by cough, sneezing, or unclean hands.

  1. Clean your hands.

Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

  • Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives
    Tips on hand washing and using alcohol-based hand sanitizers
  • It’s a SNAP Toolkit: Handwashing
    Hand washing resources from the “It’s A SNAP” program, aimed at preventing school absenteeism by promoting clean hands. From the School Network for Absenteeism Prevention, a collaborative project of the CDC, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the American Cleaning Institute.
  1. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

  1. Practice other good health habits.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

Please know that we are continuing to work closely with the Health Department to stay informed about this ongoing situation.  As always, please remember to follow our IC Imagine healthcare guidelines when making the decision of whether or not to send your student to school, and continue following handwashing protocols to avoid the spread of all viruses.

Thank you for your continued support as we work to maintain a healthy and safe environment for our entire community.