Resources on COVID 19 (CoronaVirus)

Responding to the Coronavirus at Schalmont

As a rural school district,  Schalmont is not immune to the potential of disease outbreaks. Currently, Schalmont is responding to COVID-19, formerly known as the novel coronavirus, and reinforcing our capabilities to ensure we’re ready to prevent spread on the local level.

The health and safety of our students and staff are paramount, and we are closely monitoring the spread of novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

We are adhering to guidance from the State Department of Health (DOH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We are closely monitoring updates, as guidance is changing frequently due to local and global developments.

Please remind your student of the importance of following good hygiene practices that prevent the spread of communicable diseases:

      • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a sleeve or a tissue.
      • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, or use alcohol hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
      • Stay home when you are sick.
      • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Although the spread of COVID-19 appears to have started in China, it is important to remember that Coronavirus infection is not connected to any race, ethnicity, or nationality. You should not make assumptions about a student’s or staff member’s risk of illness based on any of these factors. Misinformation about coronavirus can create fear and hostility that harms people and makes it harder to keep everyone healthy.

Please see the additional webpages in this section for detailed information about COVID-19 and frequently asked questions.

THE BEST WAYS TO PROTECT YOURSELF

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Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available. Cough or sneeze into a tissue or flexed elbow, then throw the tissue in the trash. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid close contact with people who are sick, sneezing or coughing.
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Stay home when you are ill. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that people frequently touch. Wear a face mask.

Families are also encouraged to bookmark and follow these important resources:

In addition, New York State has established a Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065, staffed by the NYS Department of Health, to answer questions about COVID-19. The hotline is available daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The district will continue to share information and resources as they become available.