Information and Shenendehowa Decision Updates with regard to Coronavirus COVID-19, March 12, 2020…

Written by on March 12, 2020

The purpose of this correspondence is to make you aware of the newest information and decisions surrounding COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). We have been informed that there are three confirmed cases in Saratoga County, with one being a Clifton Park resident. It is important to note that to date, the District has not received any official notification of a student, staff member or parent of a student with a confirmed case within the school district. However, the situation is extremely fluid and we are in regular communication with the Saratoga County Department of Health.

Although there are only a few cases, out of an abundance of caution and under advisement from health experts, we are postponing or cancelling all large-group events (50 or more people in attendance) effective Friday, March 13, until further notice. This includes events like the plays, concerts, SHENsational, state athletic championships, etc.

We are also cancelling field trips and encouraging schools to limit outside programs from coming into the schools unless mission critical.

Please watch the video link below of Dr. Robinson and view the presentation with information and guidelines shared with all administrators today:
Link to video – https://youtu.be/-LeIEUxpenA
Link to presentation –
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1hiDXvtnuZ4_30z7VjM3exVtsFTGdj2Hvf8NaS5yxH04/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, staff and parents/guardians will be immediately notified, keeping in mind that due to confidentiality requirements, specific information on individuals will not be revealed.

If you or family members begin to show 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.