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Coronavirus Update

A Message From Superintendent Tracy Wrend

As we return from break, we recognize increasing concerns about the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and seek to provide the most up-to-date information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)  and the Vermont Department of Health.  Vermont Secretary of Education Daniel French also provided a memo which includes useful information and guidance for Vermont schools.

I would like to highlight a few key points from Secretary French’s memo: 

  • There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Vermont as of February 28. 
  • While being discussed logistically, there are no immediate plans for any wide-scale closure of schools. 
  • The Agency of Education, along with all agencies in State Government, are monitoring the unfolding situation and will be providing updates if circumstances change. 

Prevention and Preparedness 
All of us in Lamoille South are working hard to prepare and prevent the spread of illness in our schools. Our Director of Nursing Services, Jordan Myerson, and members of our school health team are in close communication with the Department of Health and are assisting with school precautions and preparedness. Our facilities teams have redoubled cleaning and disinfecting procedures, especially of high-touch surfaces. They are also assisting with safe, effective cleaning products for use by staff and students. We have canceled some student travel and are monitoring carefully for developments that suggest the need for changing future student travel and/or other school events. 

To help reduce the risk for getting and spreading viral respiratory infections, including the flu and the common cold, we are all encouraged to take simple steps which will also prevent COVID-19. These include:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Keep sick children at home. 
  • Frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose. 
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Help young children do the same.
  • Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue. Then throw the tissue in the trash and clean hands with soap and water.
  • Use school provided cleaning supplies, especially on high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs and tabletops; they are effective and safe for adult and student use.
  • Keep a supply of essentials and medicines on hand in the event you need to stay home.

Families planning or returning from travel, please consult the CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel website. It lists geographic areas with widespread or sustained community transmission and compiles the CDC’s official COVID-19 warnings and alerts related to nonessential travel. The Frequently Asked Questions and Answers sections on Canceling or Postponing Travel, Air or Cruise Travel, and Returning from Travel may be particularly informative.

We will continue to provide information and updates as any new information becomes available.  Please feel free to contact your school’s health office or Jordan Myerson at 802-585-4087 or [email protected] if you have questions. Secretary French’s memo also refers parents with questions to the Vermont Department of Health’s COVID-19 website

Best,
Tracy

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