This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discussed possible options for what could happen if there is local person-to-person transmission of the novel coronavirus in the United States, including recommendations for school systems to consider.
At this time, it is important to listen to facts and not respond to fear. Currently, there are no confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in New York City and the risk to New Yorkers remains low.
However, transmission of the virus in other countries has raised our level of concern, and we are preparing for the possibility of person-to-person transmission in New York City. The measures that are put in place should local person-to-person transmissions begin will depend on the number of individuals affected and the general severity of illness we experience in our city. Our public health experts are vigilantly preparing for a spectrum of possible scenarios, and we are in close contact with them regarding how that may impact our school communities. There are no plans to close schools at this time.
This is an extreme measure that can be disruptive to day to day life, and the decision to implement will be at the direction of public health experts.All students and staff should continue to practice general flu prevention measures including:
All students and staff should continue to practice general flu prevention measures including:
- Cover your cought or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve
- Wash your hands regularly
- Avoid touching your face
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Get your flu shot – it’s never too late
- Stay home if you’re feeling sick. Call your doctor and let
Students will be heading home with the above letter in their backpack, as well as these Cornoavirus FAQ’s for helpful information regarding common questions about the coronavirus, if possible today or latest tomorrow. If you are able to share the letter and FAQs electronically with your school community, we encourage you to do so. It is up to all of us to ensure school communities are informed of the facts in order to stay aware of the latest updates, and also to help guard against stigma and fear associated with the virus. Translated versions of the letter will be made available shortly on the DOE’s website.
For more information and regular updates, visit the Health Department’s website. For questions, contact your school nurse or BCO health director.