March 9, 2020
Given the sporadic nature of the on-going information regarding the COVID-19 virus, I will update you on what is being done in the school on a regular basis. This information is being collectively reviewed by me with Fr. Mario, the CSO, Department of Health, and Superintendent of Stoneham Public Schools.
We continue to clean the classrooms, bathrooms, and OLPH daily. Also, please note that we continue to follow Massachusetts Board of Health directives and recommendations. Today I spoke with the Superintendent of Public Schools who participated in a conference call with the Department of Education and the Department of Public Health on Friday; and he will continue to include me on information received. As we noted previously, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), other federal agencies, local boards of health, and our clinical partners to share the most
up to date information available.
Resources/Information Prevention: We remind students and encourage all to wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, if unable to wash, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers. See the following link for proper handwashing procedure: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Cover your coughs or sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve (not with your hands). Stay away from people who are sick and stay home when you are sick. Please do not be offended if we temporarily do not extend our hand for a handshake.
If You Think You Are Ill: Please remember that this is still the season for colds and flu. Every illness is not COVID-19. However, if you feel ill, call your doctor’s office. They will advise you as to what to do. Stay home and avoid contact with other people as much as possible. Do not go to work, school, or to other public areas.
If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, call your doctor. Your doctor can coordinate testing with the State Health Department. It is advisable for anyone with questions to err on the side of safety by seeking medical advice.
To summarize the current guidance from the CDC: If you have returned from any of the four countries of concern (China, Iran, Italy and South Korea): You must self-quarantine for 14 days, regardless of how you feel. If you have returned from Japan: Limit your contact with others and self-monitor for symptoms. If you are under self-quarantine and become sick: You should seek medical care. Call your doctor’s office or the hospital so that they can prepare for your arrival and help prevent exposure to other patients.
Websites: DPH has created a website updated constantly with the latest guidance, including printable fact sheets in multiple languages. Visit: www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus. More detailed information and additional guidance is available from the CDC at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov
In closing, we will adapt whatever protocols and procedures are recommended to us from the proper authorities. I will continue to update you when information becomes available.