MORRISTOWN, NJ - In a letter directed to parents and guardians, Mackey Pendergrast, Superintendent of Schools, Marc Gold, Director of Pupil Services and Paula Mendez , Nursing Coordinator, sent an update regarding the Flu and Coronavirus.
"To date, there is no identified risk of 2019-nCoV to the MSD community" the three school officials wrote. "Please note, as per NJ Department of Health guidelines, any student who has returned from China since January 19 should contact their school nurse immediately. However, the New Jersey Department of Health is reporting high levels of influenza throughout the state".
"We would like to take this opportunity to communicate health information and standard district protocols and to address possible parent/guardian concern, they wrote.
"In any health-related event within our schools, the administration promptly communicates with local health agencies to assess and monitor the school environment. If there is ever a serious problem, such as an escalation in the spread of 2019-nCoV, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health agencies will contact our entire community and partner with school administration to implement safety procedures and communication protocols" the letter continued.
According to district officials, the cleaning protocols include: at the end of each day, all door knobs, desks, computer keyboards, and other frequently shared items are cleaned. Student health data and absenteeism is tracked on a regular basis so health patterns of our student body and faculty can be identified, they stated.
The CDC recommends the following:
● Keep children home when they are sick, especially if they present with fever (above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, or 37.7 C). Children should be fever-free (without fever-reducing medication) for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
● Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
● If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
● Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
● Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
● Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
● Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Parents or guardians will concerns can contact their building principal or school nurse.
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