CoronaVirus (COVID-19) Letter from Superintendent's Office 2.28.2020
February 28, 2020
Dear Parents/Guardians,Students, and Staff,
As many of you are aware from news outlets, there is a heightened focus on the "Coronavirus'', which has been officially named by the CDC as COVID-19 (CoronaVirus Infectious Disease identified in 2019). While the potential for possible exposure in our district may be limited, the district has received guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Health, Massachusetts Association of School Committees, and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to ensure that we are ready in the event that this pandemic becomes more widespread in the Commonwealth.
As with any infectious disease the old adage that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" will apply. The best preventative precautions that can be implemented today include good hygiene as follows.
• Avoid touching your eyes,nose,or mouth.
• Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing with a tissue or elbow, never use your hands.
• Stay away from people who are sick and stay home when you are sick.
• Clean hard surfaces and clean and disinfect regularly “ touched” surfaces such as door handles and railings.
• Use EPA approved disinfectants that contain the appropriate concentrations of disinfectant for disease prevention. (Do not use high concentrations of bleach as that can cause respiratory issues and reactions. Cleaning with soap and water will remove most microorganisms).
• Notify custodial staff and school nurses when a student exhibiting symptoms is removed from class. Custodial staff and school nurses are trained to use disinfectants in a safe and effective way to clean up potentially infectious materials and body fluids.
The symptoms of COVID-19 mimic the flu and other stomach viruses.
Symptoms for COVID-19 include:
• Difficulty breathing
Other symptoms include:
• Sore throat
• Muscle aches
• Abdominal pain
The CDC is recommending that you monitor your health for at least 14days after a possible exposure, monitor symptoms and call your health care provider.
In the near future, key district personnel will work with me to develop a response plan, including a communication plan, in the possible event of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Randolph Public Schools or the Randolph community.
Elements of this plan will include:
• An educational component for our students regarding hand washing with the intent of disease prevention and appropriate protocol for sneezing and coughing into the elbow with the intent of disease prevention; and
• The district's purchase of additional masks and gloves for our health offices, along with an inventory of supplies for fever reduction and treating dehydration.
Thea R. Stovell