February 27, 2020
As you are aware, there is growing discussion of the current coronavirus outbreak. Please know we are in constant conversation with the state DPH and following recommendations from both MDPH and the CDC and will continue. The local health officials continue to monitor the situation as do the school-based nurses.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has shared guidance for school administrators and school health personnel regarding the new coronavirus, known as COVID-19. As of this writing, Massachusetts has one confirmed case of COVID-19 and the risk to our residents remains low. At the same time, the risk for the influenza virus is very high. It is important to note that residents are much more likely to become sick with a cold or the flu than to be exposed to COVID-19. The guidance letter sent to all schools is available at the DPH website at: www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus. Here is a useful fact sheet in many languages to assist you in learning about this virus: https://www.mass.gov/guides/information-on-the-outbreak-of-2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19#-printable-fact-sheets-
The precautions to help prevent colds and the flu can help protect against COVIC-19.
Our school will continue education about good hygiene.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, if unable to wash, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Cover your coughs or sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands)
- Stay away from people who are sick and stay home when you are sick
- Clean frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Other healthy habits: Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluid, and eat nutritious food
We will continue to monitor the situation closely. Please do not hesitate to reach out should you have specific questions or concerns.
Dr. Laurie Hunter, Superintendent