Message from the Superintendent

Message from the Superintendent (12-3-20)

December 3, 2020 

 

Dear Families and Staff, 

I was informed today by the building Principals and by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (NH DHHS) of one confirmed student case of Covid-19 at Christa McAuliffe School,  one confirmed student case at Abbot-Downing school, and several positive cases at Rundlett Middle School.

At CMS, the student is in grade 5, Cohort A and was last in school on November 23.

At ADS, the student is in grade 3, Cohort A and was last in school on November 30.

I was informed earlier of four new cases of Covid-19 at RMS. Here is a breakdown of the cases:

  • Two cases involve staff members who have not been in school during the “contagious period” (the critical 48 hours prior to developing symptoms when individuals are considered contagious). One was last in school on November 19th; the other has been working remotely.
  • One case is a student who was last in school on November 17th, also prior to the contagious period.
  • The fourth case is a result of presumed transmission between two adults, one of whom was previously identified. This individual was last in school on November 19th. No other cases have been identified through our contact tracing and there were no students involved.

In all cases, the school administrators have reached out to families and staff to provide additional information on the process of contact tracing. 

All protocols were in place, including wearing of masks and six-foot distancing. Staff, and families whose students may have been in close contact with the affected individuals, have been notified by the school and by the NH Division of Public Health Services. I remind everyone that the District is held to strict confidentiality rules regarding specific student and personnel information.  

NH DHHS has requested we provide contact information for anyone who has been identified as having had close contact (within 6 feet for 10 minutes or more) with the infected students or staff. NH DHHS will contact these individuals and will instruct them how to self-quarantine at home. The students and staff must complete an appropriate period of isolation. A guide for self-quarantine can be found here.  

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If you or your child are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 such as a fever, chills, respiratory illness, aches or changes in taste and smell, please stay home and away from others and get a Covid-19 PCR test. You may also choose to seek out testing from your healthcare provider or at one of the testing sites located throughout the state (https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/covid19/documents/covid-testing-options.pdf). If you choose either of those options, you should bring this letter with you.  

Please note that if you or your child are currently quarantined, you must complete quarantine, even if your test is negative. This is because the maximum amount of time from being exposed to the virus that causes Covid-19 and testing positive is 14 days. Therefore, even if your child tests negative today, they would need to quarantine until they reach the 14th day following exposure.  

The safety of our children and employees is our top priority. To ensure your health and safety, we have been following CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting for our high-traffic areas and frequently touched surfaces. In addition, to prevent further spread of the disease in our community, please:  

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid close contact with others. When outside your home, keep a distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and others. This is known as social distancing.
  • Wear a cloth face covering that covers your mouth and nose to protect others when in public areas.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home if you have a fever or are not feeling well.

Children may worry about themselves, their family and friends getting sick with Covid-19. Tips for talking to children about Covid-19 can be found here.  

To learn more about Covid-19, please check these trusted resources:  

Sincerely,  

 

Kathleen A. Murphy  

Interim Superintendent 

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