February 28, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Hardly a day goes by where you don’t hear, read or watch news on the coronavirus or flu. New York State is experiencing a record breaking flu season, which usually extends into May.
Administrators and our health providers at OESJ are working with the Montgomery and Fulton County Public Health Departments to share information about the coronavirus. There are presently no confirmed cases of the virus in Fulton or Montgomery Counties and there have been no confirmed cases in New York but, as the news has reported, it is not a matter of if, but when. The District is closely monitoring this situation and following guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and our Countys’ Departments of Health.
If a student or staff member shows respiratory symptoms, we will follow our current practices for handling respiratory illness along with any additional guidance forthcoming. If your child is out sick, please contact your school nurse.
There are a number of steps that students, staff and community members can take to minimize the spread of respiratory illnesses and viruses.
- 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.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash.
- Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Our OESJ community and New Yorkers in General must remain vigilant against the spread of the virus.
More information is available by calling the DOH hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or visit the website https://www.cdc.gov/media/dpk/diseases-and-conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus-2020.html.
Dr. Joseph L. Natale