Dear Randolph Families,
We learned today from the Randolph Board of Health (BOH) that there has been no suspected, presumptive, or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Town of Randolph and Randolph Public Schools as of Monday, March 9, 2020.
We were also informed by the BOH that since September 2019 there have been 87 confirmed cases of normal, seasonal influenza for school-age children. We are still in flu season and are disinfecting and deeper cleaning our schools as a precautionary measure. Since the flu season is expected to last until the spring our school system is actively prioritizing cleaning common and high traffic areas multiple times a day.
We continue to remain vigilant about keeping a clean school environment. Our custodians are engaged in the regular cleaning of schools, as they routinely do during cold and flu season.
It is important to remind people that the following precautionary actions will help prevent exposure from any respiratory viruses;
· Wash your hands often with soap and water (20 seconds of scrubbing).
· Cover your cough or sneeze into a facial tissue.
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
· Avoid close contact with others who are sick.
· If you are sick, stay home from school or work, seek health care, and avoid contact with others, including large social gatherings and public events.
Make sure your child’s emergency contact list is up to date. If a student shows signs of illness, including COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever, or respiratory distress), the guardian/parent will be contacted immediately to come pick the student up. If a parent doesn’t respond, we will call the listed emergency contact(s). Please contact your school to update your child’s emergency contact list.
At this time the Center for Disease Control, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, in conjunction with the Randolph BOH is not advising that schools close and/or the cancellation of after school and athletic events. Conditions regarding the COVID-19 response are rapidly updating. For further questions on COVID-19, please contact the Board of Health at (781) 961-0924, or https://www.randolph-ma.gov/board-health .
Finally, we want to acknowledge and celebrate our educators, custodial staff, school leaders, nurses, bus drivers, and everyone working to ensure our classrooms are safe, welcoming, and centered on student learning during this time. We appreciate you and are so proud of our Randolph Public Schools community.
Thank you for helping us keep our children, schools, and community healthy and safe.