Decatur County Health Department order concerning schools

Order the Closure of All K-12 Schools in the County of Decatur, Indiana

I, Arthur Alunday, MD, Decatur County Health Officer, pursuant to the authority granted to me in Indiana Code 16-20-1-24 Epidemic Control Powers

Sec. 24. (a) Local health officers may order schools and churches closed and forbid public gatherings when considered necessary to prevent and stop epidemics.

All school buildings that provide any kindergarten through grade twelve instruction in the County of Decatur are to remain closed to students until 11:59 p.m. on November 29, 2020.

For the purpose of clarity, this closure does not include administrators, teachers, staff, vendors or contractors of a school. The administration of each school shall determine the appropriate level of access to the school during the closure, while promoting healthy practices such as handwashing, disinfecting surfaces, and encouraging social distancing. Telework options should be explored and encouraged whenever feasible.

This closure does not forbid extra-curricular activities if they can be conducted with proper safety procedures in place

This Order does not apply to and/or excludes activities or events at schools for voting, food services, health services, charitable work, computer labs for those without internet access or any activity approved by the local health department.

This Order shall remain ineffect full force until the criteria declared by the the State of Indiana no longer exists, or Decatur County Health Department rescinds or modifies this Order.

    Dr. Arthur Alunday

Decatur County Medical Officer

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