Coronavirus Update 3/9/20…

Written by on March 9, 2020

As you may be aware from media reports over the weekend, there are now two confirmed cases of COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in Saratoga County. Here is a good resource for how to talk to children about the Coronavirus: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gdfRMkU8P1_D9qxYkoJ7aZNZzcZhzpeQ/view

The district continues to closely monitor this fluid situation and we will follow guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH), Saratoga County Department of Health and the NYS Education Department.

If the district becomes aware that a student or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19, it will immediately notify staff and parents/guardians keeping in mind that due to confidentiality requirements, specific information on individuals will not be revealed.

If you or a family member begin showing symptoms of a respiratory disease and suspect it may be COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider. Before going to your healthcare provider’s office, inform them that a case of COVID-19 is suspected, and follow their advice.

Families are also encouraged to follow the CDC’s information for travel, available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.

For more information, consider consulting these additional resources:

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)- https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/

COVID-19: What is Stigma and What Causes It – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html?

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Frequently Asked Questions – Prevention
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html#prevention

Prevention, Treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html

In addition, New York has established a Novel Coronavirus Hotline, which can provide additional information. Call 1-888-364-3065 with questions or concerns about travel and symptoms.

Please know that, as always, the health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority, and we will remain vigilant in our efforts to help prevent the spread of this illness.