“We are sending our thoughts and prayers to all of those affected by the COVID-19 Coronavirus. It is recommended by the Florida Department of Health that anyone who may have come in contact with those impacted by the virus should self-quarantine at home as a precautionary measure,” said SMA-COL Christina Bowman, Sarasota Military Academy Executive Director.
Two weeks ago, the Academy made the proactive decision to deep-clean and sanitize the campus, including all light switches and door knobs. After news of potential contacts are announced, the Academy staff sanitized classrooms and buses in addition to standard recommended cleaning and sanitizing procedures.
“Our priority is the health and safety of our cadets and staff, and in addition to sanitizing surfaces throughout our campuses, we are reiterating to our staff and cadets the importance of washing hands, sneezing into the bend of elbows, not touching faces and of course, staying home and telling someone if they aren’t feeling well,” said Bowman.
In accordance with the Florida Department of Health protocols, SMA is following all guidelines. According to the protocol, there is no current recommendation for excluding any additional cadets or school closure at this time.
“We are working with the Sarasota County School District to ensure the safety and health of employees, staff and cadets,” said Bowman. “Again, we cannot stress enough the importance of washing hands, paying attention to how you are feeling and taking all necessary precautions to stay calm and safe. We are sending prayers and well wishes to those impacted, and we appreciate the diligence, standards and preparedness of leaders in our community.”
For updates regarding the COVID-19 virus, refer to www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. The Department of Health has established a COVID-19 call center for those with questions: 1-866-779-6121. Questions can also be emailed to COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.
About Sarasota Military Academy
Founded in 2002, Sarasota Military Academy (SMA) is a public charter school, college preparatory academy and an accredited IB Diploma and Middle Years Programme (MYP) School with two campuses located in Sarasota, Florida. Combining extraordinary academics with the highest military principles of camaraderie, focus, leadership, integrity, compassion, poise, honor, and respect, SMA’s mission is to graduate young men and women who will confidently define their personal and unique goals for success in a multi-cultural and globalized world. Sarasota Military Academy High School is located at 801 N. Orange Avenue and Sarasota Military Academy Prep Middle School, is located at 3101 Bethel Lane. To learn more about SMA, visit http://www.sarasotamilitaryacademy.org/.