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Coronavirus Update

A Message from Superintendent Bennett

Dear Parent/Guardian:
 
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). First identified in China, the virus has spread to a number of countries, including the United States.
 
No cases have been identified in Roxbury Central School or Delaware County. We did have students and staff travel to France and England during the February break. At this time no student or staff has missed school due to or have symptoms of the Coronavirus.
 
The district is closely monitoring this fluid situation, and we are following guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), the Delaware County Public Health Department, and the New York State Education Department.
 
On Saturday, March 7, Governor Cuomo declared a state of emergency in New York, which gives the state certain purchasing and hiring abilities. This declaration does not impact any school or district activities at this time. Experts have not recommended that the district cancel or reschedule classes or other school events.
 
State officials continue to emphasize that the general risk to the public is low and that while we all need to be vigilant and cautious, it is also important to stay calm and not contribute to any undue panic.
 
There are a number of steps that students, staff and community members can take to minimize the spread of all respiratory illnesses, including coronavirus (COVID-19), according to the New York State Department of Health:
  • 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 symptoms of a respiratory disease and suspect it may be COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider. Before going to your healthcare provider’s office, inform them that a case of COVID-19 is suspected, and follow their advice.

Local health departments will contact schools if a suspected or known COVID-19 case emerges. The district is prepared to work with any affected families. For more information, consider consulting these additional resources:

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/
  • COVID-19: What is Stigma and What Causes It? https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fstigma-faq.html
  • Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Frequently Asked Questions – Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html#prevention
  • Prevention, Treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html

If the district becomes aware that a student or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19, it will immediately notify staff and parents/guardians. If a student or staff member shows respiratory symptoms, we will follow our current practices for handling respiratory illnesses, subject to any additional guidance forthcoming.

The district has infectious disease protocols in place and has been taking steps, such as cleaning and disinfecting throughout the school, to minimize the spread of viruses and a variety of other illnesses.

Please know that, as always, 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 is an emerging, rapidly changing situation. Should you have any questions, please contact me.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey J. Bennett

Superintendent

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