February 28, 2020
Dear Families and Staff,
What follows is an update on the Norwich Public Schools Plan of Action in the event that the Coronavirus becomes more widespread.
The Norwich Public Schools continues to track the spread of the coronavirus. Our district health specialists work directly with the Connecticut Department of Education and the Connecticut Department of Health. We follow all the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
We are implementing restrictions for students who have traveled to or are enrolling from China. We ask that all families and staff notify us if a student or staff member is returning from a trip to China.
We have plans in place for:
- Ensuring we have a good supply of tissues, soap, paper towels, alcohol-based hand sanitizer on site
- Concentrated hyper cleaning as necessary of classrooms, schools, and buses in addition to our regular routine cleaning
- Plans for sick students and staff to be separated from others and cared for until they can get home
- Plans for the unlikely event of extended school closing
Please know that these plans already exist and were used for other pandemic illnesses such as 2009 H1N1 (swine flu) which was the first global influenza (flu) pandemic in 40 years.
The World Health Organization defines an influenza pandemic as a worldwide spread of a new influenza virus emerges and most people do not yet have immunity.
Per the CDC, as of February 24, 2020 there have been fourteen cases of the Coronavirus diagnosed in the United States. The U.S. government and public health partners are implementing aggressive measures to slow and contain transmission of the virus in the US.
As a reminder, please review the best practices listed below to help you and your family avoid contracting this virus and all other viruses:
Wash hands frequently and thoroughly with soap for at least 20 seconds
- Use hand sanitizer or alcohol-based rub if soap & water are not available
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home when you are sic
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue away
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Please visit the CDC Coronavirus webpage for more information.
Kristen E. Stringfellow, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Norwich Public Schools