Resources for Parents on COVID 19 (CoronaVirus)

How We’re Monitoring, and Preparing for, the Coronavirus at Schalmont

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

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the globe, we are monitoring the situation with the CDC, the World Health Organization (WHO), statewide, and local health organizations, and are actively engaging with infectious disease experts, and government agencies to improve our readiness.

For our students and staff, safety is paramount. For now, here’s what we know about COVID-19, and how our community and the general public can protect themselves against it.

What is Coronavirus?

COVID-19, originally referred to as a novel coronavirus, is an airborne respiratory virus that was first detected in the Wuhan Province of China in late 2019, and officially identified in mid-January of 2020. As of February 27, COVID-19 has been detected in 38 countries, including the United States.

Coronavirus symptoms, which can begin 2-14 days after exposure, are similar to the flu and include a fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Left untreated, or in people with compromised immunity, COVID-19 can progress into coronavirus-infected pneumonia.

How the Coronavirus is Spread

COVID-19 is transmitted from person-to-person, through airborne droplets. Studies suggest that coronaviruses, including COVID-19, can live on surfaces for a few hours or up to nine days depending on conditions. It can also be cleared from surfaces with disinfectants.

It is estimated that the number of people one individual infected with COVID-19—also known as a reproduction number, or R number—between 2.5 and 6.6. By comparison, the flu has an R number around 1.5, and measles has an R of 12-18, meaning one person infected with measles is estimated to spread it to 12 to 18 others.

How Schalmont Can Protect Against Coronavirus COVID-19

The school district has regular daily cleaning protocols and has been implementing a more rigorous regimen to ensure that we minimize the spread of viruses and a variety of other illnesses. Multiple U.S. and international agencies have developed protocols for warding off COVID-19. Most rely on good hygiene.

  • Wash Hands Early, Wash Hands Often: The CDC, MayoClinic, and WHO all argue that simple hand washing is the best protection against COVID-19 infection. To protect against the coronavirus, flu, and even the common cold, follow the CDC’s practices for proper hand hygiene.

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. Only wear a face mask if you have respiratory symptoms or are caring for someone with respiratory symptoms.

    While the CDC still considers the risk posed by coronavirus low for the United States, it’s imperative we all understand the steps we can take to lessen the impacts on our families and communities.

    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.

    If you or your family have traveled to a destination outside the United States, such as China, Iran, Italy, Japan, or South Korea — where the most severe outbreaks are — in the last two weeks or if you have had contact with visitors or family that traveled, we urge you to please report that travel to the Schalmont School nurse 518-355-8720 ext. 3041 and take the recommended precautionary measures listed above.

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