Dear Norwich Public Schools Families and Staff,
Please be reminded that it is imperative that you contact your principal immediately if you (a staff member) or your child (NPS student) is a close contact to a COVID positive person, is awaiting test results for COVID or if you have one (or more) of these COVID-19 symptoms:
❑ Fever (100.4° Fahrenheit or higher)
❑ Chills or shaking chills
❑ Uncontrolled new cough (not due to other known cause, such as a chronic cough)
❑ Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
❑ New loss of taste or smell
Notifying your principal affords us the opportunity to contact trace with Uncas Health and determine who may need to quarantine. The health and safety of our students and staff depend on full compliance from our educational community. Please help us to keep everyone safe.
COVID-19 is spread mainly via person-to-person contact through contaminated air droplets from coughing and sneezing by an infected person. As with controlling the spread of other viruses, we urge everyone to discuss the following preventive measures with your children and family members:
Wash your hands frequently, but especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20 seconds. Be sure to also wash your fingertips. When soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.
Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze inside the elbow of your arm.
As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
Wear a face covering (mask) whenever there is a likelihood that you or your family members will be in the presence of others.
Maintain social distancing (at least 6 feet) between yourself and others when outside of your home.
Kristen E. Stringfellow, Ed.D.