We are monitoring the alerts from the CDC about the possibility of the spread of the Coronavirus within the United States. We continue to follow the current guidance posted by the New Jersey Department of Education and the New Jersey Department of Health. Please note, at this time we have no concerns about this virus in our schools.
As recommended by the CDC, we are in the process of making preparations for the possibility that a spread of the virus in the U.S. may impact school attendance, and/or require us to close schools. Fortunately, with our E-Learning platform, we are well prepared to deliver instruction for our students should such a situation occur.
As a precautionary measure, we are maintaining an enhanced daily cleaning and sanitizing regimen at all of our schools. We are using an approved disinfecting/sanitizing process on all solid surfaces in our buildings each day.
The Department of Health and the Hopewell Valley Regional School District recommend that all families with a child who (within the past two weeks) has traveled to an area of the world highly impacted by the Coronavirus, to please contact their child’s principal and/or school nurse prior to sending their child back to school.
Please only notify the school district about your own child/children who have recently traveled to a country impacted by the Coronavirus. We cannot discuss the health concerns of other students due to confidentiality restrictions.
We would like to remind you of the recommended precautions for preventing the flu and other viruses:
- Handwashing with soap and water is preferred to the use of sanitizer and all students should be reminded to use the school-provided sanitizers only when hand washing is not available.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or into your sleeve, not your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Wash hands often, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds, especially after coughing or sneezing.
- Keep your children home when they are sick. Children should not return to school unless they have been fever-free without medication for 24 hours.
- Avoid people who are sick
- Get a flu shot – it’s not too late to be protected
- Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces and objects.
Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our students and staff safe and healthy.
Thomas A. Smith, Ed.D.
Superintendent of School