To Whom It May Concern:


      We are having a longer sick/illness season than we expected. This letter is to inform you that STARS Academy staff is continuing to follow universal precautions to keep illness from spreading within our facilities.  COVID-19 (corona virus) is another of the illnesses that may spread to our area, but we will exercise our universal protocol according to the Center for Disease Control-CDC and Arkansas Department of Human Services-DHS to help reduce the amount of exposure.


What you need to do about the coronavirus, or COVID-19:


      The Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education (DCCECE) is working closely with the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) regarding COVID-19, or the coronavirus.  Here at STARS Academy, we are following the following measures given by the ADH and the CDC:


  • Telling employees and families to stay home when they are sick.

  • Frequent hand washing with soap and water. If soap and water are not readily available, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

  • Advising persons to avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Following the school's routine cleaning and disinfection program.

  • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing.

  • Urging families/children and staff to get a flu shot during the flu season.

  • Providing adequate supplies for good hygiene.


Please do not send children to STARS Academy with the following signs and symptoms:





How do you know if someone is at risk?

      Travelers from affected areas are advised to stay at home and monitor for symptoms until 14 days have passed from their departure from that country, while limiting interaction with others. Once 14 days have passed without any symptoms of illness, CDC recommends these travelers be allowed to return to normal activities.


STARS Academy staff will continue to coordinate with other state agencies and will provide ongoing updates as new information develops.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.




Gilbert Lopez,

Director of Health and Development