Covid-19 (Coronavirus) and our School

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I am writing to provide you an update about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and our school.  While it is important to take precautions, it is equally important not to panic and to educate yourself as to what precautions help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and other respiratory illnesses, such as the flu, which we frequently see this time of year.  School personnel, along with the Superintendent's Office and the Department of Education, have been monitoring updates from state and federal agencies on how we can best work to prevent its spread.  I have met with Town Officials, including the Nottingham Health Officer, Dale Sylvia, to share information and plans on how we will all work to support each other and address this issue.  Here is a letter from Superintendent Reuning that includes some steps we are taking and recommendations for you to consider as well

We are following our procedures around the spread of respiratory infections (below) and we ask that all students and their families take appropriate steps at home as well.  All parents are encouraged to visit the CDC and NH DHHS websites for the most up-to-date information.  In addition, here is a link from NPR that may make it easier for you to talk to your child about Covid-19:  Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus     
CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
NH DHHS: https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/2019-ncov.htm 

Below are some of the Nottingham School Procedures and Recommendations to help prevent the spread of respiratory infections in our school and community:  

  • If you have a fever, stay home from school until you have been fever free for at least 24 hours without taking any fever reducing medication
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds, especially after coughing or sneezing, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available;
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects; and
  • We recommend you take all medical precautions, such as getting the annual influenza vaccine

 

Thank you and be safe and healthy,
Chris Sousa
Principal 
Nottingham School