UNION, NJ – The Township of Union schools is closely monitoring updates regarding the Coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control, said Superintendent Gregory Tatum, in a letter sent to district parents Saturday.

According to the letter, the New Jersey Department of Health is working on updating school-specific guidelines, and updates will be communicated as necessary. 

The letter from Tatum outlines precautions for preventing the flu and other viruses, per the Township of Union Health Department and school guidelines.  There have been no cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) reported in New Jersey. 

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Tatum’s entire letter to parents is below:

Dear Parents, Guardians and Community Members,

The health of our students, staff and families is always a top priority. The Township of Union School District is closely monitoring all updates regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), New Jersey Department of Education and the New Jersey Department of Health. Please note that at this time, there have been no cases of COVID-19 reported in New Jersey.

The Township of Union Health Department does have a Medical Countermeasures/Point of Distribution plan in place and will work closely with the State Department of Health should there be any public health response directives.

We encourage you to utilize all the recommended precautions for preventing the flu and other viruses as per the Township of Union Health Department and school guidelines:

· Prevent the spread of germs by covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue (then properly disposing of the tissue) or sleeve, not your hands.

· Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers, touching pets, and commonly used surfaces. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. · Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

· Review and follow CDC travel advisories

· Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.

· Keep your children home when they are sick.

· Children should not return to school unless they have been fever-free, without medication, for 24 hours.

The following links provide useful, factual information about the current status of COVID-19: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

Friday, the Township Health Department shared that the New Jersey Department of Health is working on updating school-specific guidelines, which they expect to include parent FAQ’s. Updates will be posted to their website as soon as they receive them, and communicated through email as needed. Thank you for your cooper