Coronavirus Update 2

posted Mar 6, 2020, 2:23 PM by Hillary Stasonis

The school department is working closely and meeting regularly with the Town of North Andover Health Department to ensure we have the most up to date information, guidance, and recommendations from the CDC and Massachusetts Department of Public Health.  This afternoon I participated in a conference call for all Massachusetts Superintendents where representatives from both the Department of Education and the Department of Public Health provided guidance on the Coronavirus and answered questions.   In addition, DESE has advised that they will be sharing more information about student and staff absences and school year requirements in the coming days.  I will share the DESE information with you in our next update.

Although the risk of Coronavirus remains low for Massachusetts residents, I did want to provide you with an update on some of the proactive measures and supports that we have put in place here at NAPS.  Most importantly, please be assured that we are following ALL recommendations and guidance from the CDC, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the North Andover Department of Health.  

  • As you may know, we already have in place Beyond The Classroom Learning for snow days and should the need arise, we believe we will be able to utilize this program for any school cancellations.

  • The news coverage and talk of Coronavirus can cause anxiety in our students.  Our school counselors and school nurses are available to assist students. I encourage you to reach out to your child’s teacher or principal if you have concerns.  Additionally, families can find information on dealing with anxiety in children on our Social Emotional Learning Website resource page.  

  • No school-sponsored international trips are scheduled for the spring.  Any school- sponsored domestic travel will be in accordance with recommendations from the CDC and the Department of Public Health.

  • We have many individuals who are, or have been, traveling.  North Andover Public Health and our schools are working together with MA DPH and are following the protocols set up by the CDC and other federal agencies to address the emerging issue of Coronavirus. 

  • North Andover Public Health  will be contacted by MA DPH should any traveler in the community be identified as requiring quarantine. The NA Health Department will assess and monitor the situation and our normal protocols for illness continues to be followed.  We will take any additional steps as directed by the CDC, MA DPH & NA Public Health. 

  • Staff have been asked to remind all students daily to wash their hands before lunch.

Cleaning

  • The cleaning products used by NAPS staff already include products that kill the Coronavirus.   

  • Heavy-duty electrostatic disinfection application spray guns (you may have seen this on a recent news broadcast) are used as part of our cleaning protocols and as directed by Director of Nursing Cheryl Barczak and/or Town Health Director Brian Lagrasse. 

  • We have ordered additional spray guns to have available as a precaution.

  • We have soap and hand sanitizer available at all schools and have a backup shipment scheduled to arrive next week.

  • Our bus contractor, North Reading Transportation, has advised that they are taking extra precautions including increased frequency of cleaning of vehicles with particular attention to “high touch” areas including handrails, door handles and seats.

 

I am sharing the recent Town of North Andover Coronavirus update which includes current facts and recommendations regarding the Coronavirus.

                       

We will continue to monitor this situation closely and we are committed to the safety and well-being of our students, staff, and families. If you have additional questions, you may call the North Andover Health Department at 978-688-9540.     


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