COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). First identified in China, the virus has spread worldwide, including throughout the United States.
Exposure to COVID-19 can occur from any person-to-person contact and is not limited to a particular race or ethnicity. For now, the most important thing you can do to protect yourself and your family is to follow the standard preventive practices for influenza. In particular:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Heavily soiled hands should be washed.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
If you or a family member begin showing these symptoms and suspect it may be COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider.
If school is in session, anyone who is not feeling well should not come to school, and those with upper respiratory symptoms in particular will be asked to return home. If the district becomes aware that a student or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19, we will notify staff and parents/guardians, as we generally do with communicable diseases in our buildings.
The health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority, and we will remain vigilant in our efforts to help prevent the spread of this illness. This includes training for our school nurses with our county health partners.
We will continue to monitor this situation and notify staff and families immediately of changes to the school schedule. We appreciate your patience and cooperation, as we know this is a serious matter of concern to all.
For more information, please consider consulting the additional resources listed below.
For more information, consider consulting these additional resources
- Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Travel: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
- COVID-19: What is Stigma and What Causes It?
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Frequently Asked Questions – Prevention
- Prevention, Treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
In addition, New York has established a Novel Coronavirus Hotline, which can provide additional information. Call 1 (888) 364-3065 with questions or concerns about travel and symptoms.