MAHOPAC, N.Y. - No cases of the coronavirus have been reported in Putnam County, but Mahopac school officials say they are working closely with the county Health Department to keep students and their families safe.

The administration took advantage of a Superintendent's Conference Day on Friday, March 6, to discuss staff questions and concerns

In a prepared statement, school officials said they’ve instructed staff and students to cover their mouths when coughing and sneezing, throw tissues in a trash can, wash their hands often, and not share any personal items.

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In addition, and out of an abundance of caution, they said they’ve intensified their infection prevention and control measures. On a daily basis, custodial staff have been cleaning and disinfecting surfaces that are frequently touched using a disinfectant chemical that is approved by the CDC for "demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to the 2019 novel Coronavirus when used as directed on hard non-porous surfaces." In addition, they will use an electrostatic disinfectant sprayer on the bus fleet and in all the school buildings on a regular basis, using the same CDC-approved disinfectant.

“We will continue to be in regular contact with the Putnam County Department of Health in order to remain current as it relates to the status of the coronavirus and its implications on our school community,” the statement concludes.

The district has not postponed or canceled any sports games, activities, classes or meetings as of this writing.

Up to date information including all communications that have been sent to the community can be found on the district's coronavirus information website