Coronavirus pranks are no joke

Posted by Jim Cummings on 3/10/2020

The coronavirus is no joke. This world-wide pandemic is affecting, families, businesses, and institutions of all kinds.

Unfortunately it has also given rise to dangerous and insensitive pranks. A family at one of our schools was a victim of this just recently: a relative in California had their neighbor call one of our parents saying they were a representative of the Centers for Disease Control and that her daughter was exposed to  coronavirus, and had to be quarantined for two weeks.

None of that was true. 

Unfortunately this call set into motion a series of events within that family, and also at the school and  our offices. Because the health and safety or our students and staff is our most important job, when we receive word of any danger our emergency protocols begin immediately. While we were fortunate to find out early that this was a prank, it kept us, however briefly, from addressing our regular duties. We ask that you partner with us and speak to your children about the seriousness of this pandemic, and in making sure only the most accurate and up-to-date information is shared. 

We thank you for your assistance, and also want to take the time to remind you that, based on information provided by the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) the Glendale Elementary School District continues to take our normal health precautions typically exhibited during cold and flu season. This includes the reminders to staff and students to wash their hands, and to remain at home if they’re sick.

It is important to note that:

  • The virus has minimal impact on children; the elderly are the primary at-risk population.
  • The coronavirus has an extremely low mortality rate.
  • Staff and students with respiratory symptoms or illnesses should stay home.

You can read the information provided by MCDPH on our website.

We thank you for your time and continued support.