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An update on the Coronavirus from the Superintendent’s Office (Friday, March 6)

| March 6, 2020

Dear North Colonie Community Members:

In recent weeks, you have heard much about the COVID-19 caused by the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), and we would like to provide you with updated information. As of right now, the North Colonie Central School District does not have a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19. However, we are taking necessary precautions to keep all of our students and staff safe as we continue to learn more about this relatively new virus.

District administrators and nurses are participating in weekly updates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which provides us with additional information and updated guidance as to how we can maintain a safe and healthy environment for everyone. Beginning Monday, Capital Region BOCES will be hosting a conference call for district officials to share information and discuss regional impact. Administrators from our central office plan to participate in these weekly conversations.

For now, we want to share measures the North Colonie Central School District is currently taking.

  • Custodial staff has increased intense disinfecting of surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, stairwell railings, counter tops, and all surfaces children, staff and volunteers may come in contact with.
  • All district Health Offices will alert the Superintendent and local Health Department about large increases in student and/or staff absenteeism, particularly if absences appear due to respiratory illnesses.
  • If staff or students are sick, Health Office staff will send them home as soon as possible. They will be kept separate from well students and staff until they can leave.
  • We continue to emphasize common-sense preventive actions for staff and students:
    • stay home when sick
    • cover coughs and sneezes
    • wash hands often
      • Hands should be washed with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
    • Families are encouraged to wipe down commonly used equipment such as keyboards and computers their children take home. Staff will also be sure to wipe down desks, remote controls, and equipment used in school.

Schools are not able to screen students or staff to identify cases of COVID-19. 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.

As we learn more, we will continue to keep you updated as new information is released each week. For updated interim guidance, please check the following CDC website periodically: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your school principal.

Sincerely,

D. Joseph Corr
Superintendent of Schools

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