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Tips for Safely Celebrating Thanksgiving

Tips for Safely Celebrating Thanksgiving

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This year, the COVID-19 pandemic will make spreading holiday cheer — and only cheer — a challenge.

Nationwide, families are rethinking their traditions and considering alternatives like smaller, virtual and outdoor gatherings to limit the spread of illness. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention recommends postponing travel and celebrating Thanksgiving at home around people you live with.

“Gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu … Celebrating virtually or with the people you live with is the safest choice this Thanksgiving,” according to the CDC’s holiday guidelines.

You can find the guidelines here.

Recommendations include:

  • Limiting travel this holiday season.
  • Limiting in-person holiday celebrations to those who live in your own household. Consider celebrating virtually with those who live outside the home or who live away.
  • Shopping online for the holidays rather than in person as much as possible.
  • Hosting holiday gatherings outdoors rather than indoor to help reduce spread.
  • Wearing masks when going out in public.
  • Practicing social distance as much as possible.
  • Continuing to wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces regularly.
  • Staying home if you are sick or not feeling well.

All school and district office sites will be closed for Thanksgiving from Monday, Nov. 23 through Friday, Nov. 27. Students will return to school on Monday, Nov. 30.

Students and staff should not return to campus if they do not feel well.

They should not return to campus if they or a member of their household has tested positive for COVID-19. Call the Florida Department of Health at 863-519-7911 for further direction.

They also should not return to campus if they or a member of their household is still awaiting test results. Call the Florida Department of Health at 863-519-7911 for further direction.