District Closure Due to COVID-19
The NYS Governor has ordered all public schools, including Whitney Point,
to remain closed for the remainder of the school year
due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The district is closely monitoring this fluid situation and following guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), Broome County Department of Health, and the New York State Education Department.

If  the  district  becomes  aware  that  a  student  or  staff  member  is  diagnosed  with  COVID-19,  it  will  immediately  notify  staff  and parents/guardians. If  a  student  or  staff  member  shows  respiratory  symptoms,  we  will  follow  our  current  practices  for  handling respiratory illnesses, subject to any additional guidance forthcoming.  

The district has infectious disease protocols in place and has been taking steps, such as cleaning and disinfecting throughout its schools, to minimize the spread of viruses and a variety of other illnesses.  

There are a number of steps that students, staff and community members can take to minimize the spread of all respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, according to the state Department of Health:  

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Heavily soiled hands should be washed.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.  

If you or a family member begin showing symptoms of a respiratory disease and suspect it may be COVID-19, contact your healthcare  provider. Before going to your healthcare provider’s office, inform them that a case of COVID-19 is suspected, and follow their advice. Local health departments will contact schools if a suspected or known COVID-19 case emerges. The district is prepared to work with any affected families.  

Families   are   also   encouraged   to   follow   the   CDC’s   information   for   travel,   available   at   https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- ncov/travelers/index.html. For more information, consider consulting these additional resources:

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/
Travel: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/faqs.html
COVID-19: What is Stigma and What Causes It?  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- ncov/faq.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019- ncov%2Fstigma-faq.html
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - Frequently Asked Questions – Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html#prevention
Prevention, Treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html  

In addition, New York has established a Novel Coronavirus Hotline, which can provide additional information. Call 1-888-364-3065 with questions or concerns about travel and symptoms.  The district will continue to share information as it becomes available. Please know that, as always, the health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority, and we will remain vigilant in our efforts to help prevent the spread of this illness.   

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Patricia Follette
Superintendent of Schools

10 Keibel Rd. Whitney Point, NY 13862  |  P 607.692.8202  |  F 607.692.4434
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