The Importance of Social Distance
March 13, 2020
Thank you for the support in the extraordinary decision to close the schools. Our goal is that the decision is proactive in helping to slow the spread of the virus and protect the community from a widespread outbreak.
Now, we ask that you do your part. Creating social gatherings during the school outage will minimize the impact of closing school. Carefully consider the necessity of being together. This is not a vacation. It is an extreme measure to allow for social distancing so the virus is not spread. Not being exposed to the virus is the best way not to get sick. Please refer to this CDC webpage for other recommendations to prevent illness: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html
It is also very important to take appropriate measures if you do get sick. The CDC offers clear guidance on this webpage:
If anyone in your family is exposed to the virus and quarantined or is tested or diagnosed with the virus, reporting that is very important to the well-being of the community. Sharing that information through me or directly to the Board of Health will both allow for support to your family as well as allowing for monitoring and intervention.
Finally, there is no doubt that the disruption and uncertainty is stressful. Attached is guidance from the World Health Organization in how to support children. We are also available at any time should your child need assistance from the schools.
Later today, we expect to share information about online learning activities and other services the schools will offer. Again, thank you for the support. I am enormously grateful.