PISCATAWAY, NJ – With global concern about the coronavirus on the rise, school district officials released a letter to Piscataway families advising of the measures being taken to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses.

In the letter sent on Friday, school superintendent, Dr. Frank Ranelli said:

“As is the necessary case, we are taking precautionary steps to respond to the worldwide concern regarding the Coronavirus.

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We assure you that we are monitoring information regarding the Coronavirus, under guidance from the New Jersey Department of Health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working hard to better understand how this new virus spreads, and its associated illness. Because this virus, like other flu and viruses, is spread through person-to-person contact, special care should be taken to protect the very young, elderly, immunosuppressed, or those taking certain medications. You can find out more from the New Jersey Department of Health at www.nj.gov/health.

In our schools, nurses have reviewed good hand-washing techniques with students and staff, as they do every flu season. In addition, classrooms, doorknobs, water fountains, and other surface areas are cleaned and disinfected throughout each day.

What can you do to help protect yourself and your family during cold and flu season? The CDC recommends the following everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, and keep your children home from school when they 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.

As for our plan to any necessary reaction to local Coronavirus cases – we will take the following steps:

  1. Take specific direction from the New Jersey Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
  2. Work closely with the Middlesex County Department of Education and surrounding districts.
  3. Work closely with Piscataway Township officials.
  4. Follow our Emergency Preparedness plan regarding our reaction before, during, and after any flu breakout. We are currently updating and finalizing the plan for a specific response to this situation.
  5. If necessary, communicate with all families about their children continuing their education at home with academic activities sent via Schoology and other electronic methods.

As necessary, we are monitoring all available information, communicating regularly with the Middlesex County Department of Education, and taking all necessary precautions. We will continue to update you with information as it comes necessary and available. Please direct any specific building questions to your child’s building principal or school nurse.”

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