CORONAVIRUS (SARS-COV-2) LETTER TO FAMILIES

March 2020

Dear Warrior Families,

While the Salamanca City Central School District does not have a confirmed case of COVID-19 caused by the novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in our schools, one cannot turn on the TV, radio, or view social media without continuous stories that raise concerns. We are sending out this information to assure you that we are monitoring this situation closely and following guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), Cattaraugus County Department of Health and the New York State Education Department.

If the district becomes aware that a student or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19, we will immediately notify staff and parents/guardians. If a student or staff member shows respiratory symptoms, we will follow our current practices for handling respiratory illnesses, subject to any additional guidance forthcoming.

The district has infectious disease protocols in place and has been taking steps, such as cleaning and disinfecting throughout the schools, to minimize the spread of viruses and a variety of other illnesses. We also believe we have a duty to educate our students and community regarding this situation.

There are a number of steps that students, staff and community members can take to minimize the spread of all respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, according to the state Department of Health: 

  • Frequent good hand washing. Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.

  • Maintain social distances of at least 3 feet and refrain from hand shaking.

  • Face masks are not suggested for healthy individuals only those who are sick or showing signs of illness.

  • Maintain respiratory hygiene. Cough or sneeze into a tissue and dispose of the tissue immediately. Virus can live for up to a week on clothing so only cough or sneeze into your elbow when no tissues are available.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces or objects daily and as needed.

  • STAY home when you are sick and avoid public areas.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Do not share food, drinks, or personal items with others.

  • Practice safe food handling and cook all meats and eggs thoroughly.

  • 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.

Local health departments will contact schools if a suspected or known COVID-19 case emerges. The district is prepared to work with any affected families.

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

For more information, consider consulting these additional resources:
World Health Organization - Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-cor...

Cattaraugus County Department of Health - Coronavirus
https://www.cattco.org/news/Cattaragus-County-Prep...

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

Coronavirus disease 219 (COVID-19) - frequently asked questions - prevention
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html...

Prevention, treatment of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/pr...

In addition, New York State has established a Novel Coronavirus hotline, which can provide additional information. Call 1-888-364-3065 with questions or concerns about travel and symptoms. The district will continue to share information as it becomes available.

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

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