We are writing to provide you with an update on our monitoring of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and our plans for moving forward. Though we are told that the risk of infection remains low for us, we are actively taking steps to prevent the spread of the virus and prepare for the possibility of school closures. Please know that the health and safety of our students and staff remain our top priority.
This morning, I participated in a meeting with the local health official, the police chief, and representatives from the Borough Council and Office of Emergency Management to discuss preparedness. Our efforts continue to be governed by our board policies and the guidance from the CDC and the state and county health departments. We are preparing for continuity of instruction through online opportunities, in case we are eventually directed to close our schools by the NJ Department of Health or the local health official. We continue to monitor absences in our schools and ensure that enhanced cleaning procedures are being followed. Our custodians are disinfecting all surfaces commonly touched by students and staff and are using an electrostatic mist sprayer, which is enhancing the process. We also have requested that our bus contractor raise the level of cleaning protocols. Our nurse is communicating with students and staff to reiterate signs and symptoms of illness and the importance of good hygiene. If your child is sick with respiratory symptoms or a fever, please keep your child home until fever-free without medication for 24 hours. In addition, public health officials continue to recommend the following precautions:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
- 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.
- Stay home if you are sick and avoid sick people.
For more information, you can call 1-800-222-1222 or check the following online resources:
We continue to work closely with the county education office and the Somerset County school districts. Thank you for your ongoing cooperation in this effort to keep our community safe.
Very truly yours,
George P. Alexis