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March 6, 2020 // Superintendent's Update: Important Information About COVID-19

Dear SPS Community, 

We write with updated information regarding the Sudbury Public Schools’ response to COVID-19, otherwise known as novel Coronavirus.  At the time of this writing, no SPS student has been confirmed to have contracted the novel Coronavirus and according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), there has been one diagnosed confirmed positive COVID-19 case in Massachusetts and the risk to residents of contracting the virus remains low. 

The health and safety of our students is our top concern, and we are monitoring updates from state, federal, and international health organizations daily. The risk to our community at this point is minimal; however, this could change quickly if the number of reported cases in the United States continues to rise.

Nursing Staff in our schools along with the Town Board of Health Nurse continue to monitor state and federal recommendations related to COVID-19 daily.

Travel Advisory

We advise that, in accordance with the U.S. Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, SPS community members should carefully monitor travel advisories prior to and during any international travel, including travel for the upcoming spring break. This is especially important as other countries, or other areas of the United States, affected by COVID-19 could implement their own travel restrictions, which are subject to change without notice and have the potential to impede return travel to Sudbury.

Informational Resources

The CDC has established a COVID-19 website with comprehensive information about reducing the risk of infection, advice related to international travel, and what to do if you think you may be sick. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

MA DPH has created a website with the latest guidance, including printable fact sheets in multiple languages. Visit: www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus

 Sudbury Board of Health Nurse, Phyllis Schilp, RN has up-to-date information on COVID-19 

https://sudbury.ma.us/nurse/ Choose “Coronavirus” and select a topic from the drop-down menu. 

 Safety Precautions

We urge you to continue to follow these preventative hygiene practices including:

  • Wash your hands often throughout the day. Use soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds scrubbing vigorously, especially fingertips.
  • Trim nails.
  • Use alcohol-based hand gels that contain 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Germs spread this way.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick AND do not go out in public when you are sick.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, if available, NOT your bare hands. Always wash your hands afterward.
  • Keep surfaces clean with household disinfectants by wiping down frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Get the flu shot.
  • Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food. 
  • Viruses are more dangerous when our immune defenses are weakened by poor nutrition, stress, lack of sleep or lack of exercise. 
  • Stay home if you or your child are sick.

School-based Preventative Care Precautions

The school nurses are raising awareness of best practices for the prevention of the spread of communicable diseases to staff and students. This includes information on proper handwashing, avoiding touching the face area, and covering coughs and sneezes, as well as disinfecting surfaces. The custodial staff will increase the sanitization of frequently touched surfaces including door handles, handrails, water fountains, and bathrooms. We continue to encourage students and staff who are sick to stay home.

We understand the unsettling nature that news of an emerging illness can bring. At the same time, we want to reassure our school community that school administrators and health professionals are committed to monitoring developments related to the novel Coronavirus and that the risk COVID-19 poses to our community at this time is low.

We will continue to provide updates as needed to our community to ensure that you have the information and resources you need to stay healthy and safe.  Please do not hesitate to contact the Health Office of your school at any time with questions or concerns.

Carol Bradford, RN - Peter Noyes School, 978-443-1085, ext. 6005

Anne Chabot, RN - General John Nixon School, 978-443-1080, ext. 2003

Lisa Nigrelli, RN - Josiah Haynes School, 978-443-1093, ext. 1204 

Christina Cirillo, RN - Israel Loring School, 978-443-579-0870, ext. 4004

Katelyn Griffin, RN - Ephraim Curtis Middle School, 978-443-1071, ext. 7528

Lynn Lucier, RN -Ephraim Curtis Middle School, 978-443-1071, ext. 7508

Phyllis Schilp, RN - Town of Sudbury Board of Health Nurse, 978-440-5479